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 we were awarded, in a partnership with MTU Enterprise Program, a Ford C3 College Community Challenge grant in 2012. That year, we winterized 30 area 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 (like energy-efficient refrigerators, heat-pump water heaters to replace electric 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 are closing in on 100 winterizations. This number could have been quite a bit higher, but each winterization requires more than one visit to do the job really well. And doing the job really well is a core ethic for us!
Now, here we are in 2019. We've brought a lot of resources to the area concerning renewable generation as well. If you visit our Energy page, you will see the visiting experts we have both interviewed and brought to the area.
This is our fantastic Board of Directors.