Children’s squeals and giggles could be heard throughout DTE Energy’s Huron Renewable Energy Center (HREC) during a celebration for the opening of the new Discovery Center in Bad Axe, MI.
The Discovery Center is a 3,000 square-foot space equipped with state-of-the-art multi-media capabilities, a dedicated theater/meeting area and renewable energy education displays and videos. Educational material focuses on how renewable energy is contributing to Michigan’s economy, the fact that Michigan is ranks among the top 15 states for wind development, how renewable energy is supporting the state’s clean energy future, and how wind parks work in tandem with farming.
Students from the Eccles School in Harbor Beach and Laker Elementary School in Elkton were among the first to see the new facility. Learning about renewable energy from Sunny, Dr. Gloom and the DTE Clean and Green Team, the students were treated to a performance of “Knowledge is Power,” a DTE-commissioned play that is performed at schools throughout our service territory.
The opening of the Discovery center was commemorated with a dedication ceremony, where Congressman Paul Mitchell, who represents Michigan’s 10th district, offered remarks.
“It was exciting to be here today to help DTE celebrate the opening of its Discovery Center,” Congressman Mitchell said. ““The educational videos do an excellent job of describing the many ways Huron County is benefiting from wind energy. The increase in the number of renewable energy projects in Michigan not only strengthens our energy independence but it is also good for our economy.”
Employees, landowners and public officials also attended the celebration, getting a glimpse into what the space has to offer.
“We are very excited to have this new space completed and to be able to share it with the Huron County community,” said Dave Harwood, director, Renewable Energy. “Teaching young people about renewable energy was at the top of the list. Given the fact that Huron County has led the state of Michigan in wind energy development, we want young people to have a place where they could learn about renewable energy, how it works, and the contribution Huron County is making to Michigan’s clean energy future.”
Harwood added that he hopes the Discovery Center will inspire more young people to think about future careers in the energy industry, maybe even in renewable energy at DTE. The space is also available to the community for use in hosting different events and meetings, and will be used as a hub for DTE’s annual wind park tours.
The Discovery Center is located at DTE’s Huron Renewable Energy Center at 1000 S Van Dyke Avenue in Bad Axe. For information on planning a tour or using the facility for community events, please call Michael Sage at 989.269.5805.