New Power Tour incorporated as a 501c3 in 2006, with the mission to increase renewable, water and energy-efficient technologies.
We launched a winterization pilot soon afterward that brought together at-risk high school students with MTU School of Construction students to do easy (unskilled-labor) tasks in the homes of income-qualified and elderly Copper Country residents.
The ball started to roll and through a partnership with MTU Enterprise Program, we were awarded a Ford C3 College Community Challenge grant in 2012. That year, we winterized 30 homes.
In 2014, a group of intrepid grad students from Michigan Tech convinced our county to enter a competition for $5M prize. We partnered into the situation and worked to bring resources (energy-efficient refrigerators, heat-pump water heaters, ~6000 LEDs) to the area to help people save money and also did another ~50 winterizations, working with service organizations and student groups.
This has been very phenomenal and now we've hit the 100-winterizations mark, all with local volunteer labor! We couldn't be more pleased: 100 households are more comfortable through the long cold winter months, using less gas/propane/fuel oil and paying less.
Big thanks again go out to all of the area's individuals, service organizations, and local businesses who have made this vision a reality.