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Solar power producer is MAREC’s newest tenant

Firm joins four others in startup space hosted by Muskegon, GVSU and MEDC.

January 3, 2014
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A powerhouse in solar power is planting a seed in Muskegon.

Chart House Energy LLC, a Chicago-based sustainable energy producer, has signed a one-year agreement to become the newest tenant in the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon.

MAREC, which is an economic development initiative of the city of Muskegon, Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Grand Valley State University, will work with Chart House to develop a portfolio of renewable energy projects, said Arn Boezaart, director of MAREC.

“We are actively working together to advance interest and utilization of commercial-scale solar energy projects that take full advantage of available incentives, renewable energy financing and tax credits,” Boezaart said. “We will assist Chart House Energy in becoming a self-sustaining Michigan independent power producer.”

Chart House was founded in 2009 to develop “sustainable, clean energy generation systems,” for government, industry and commercial facilities. In 2010, the company announced plans to be part of the largest solar power project to date in Michigan, installing a 150kW solar power array project in Muskegon at the Torresen Marine facility, 3003 Lakeshore Drive.

Chart House will be one of five tenants at MAREC, joining companies LongerDays.com, Corlnet, Energy Partners and Penters.

Robert Rafson, founder and president of Chart House, called MAREC an excellent place for business startups.

“I’ve found many activities and other businesses in the building that are aligned with our business plan,” he said. “MAREC is a great place to work and meet with others in the renewable energy space in an open and convenient environment.”

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