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What You Need to Know About Solar Energy

By Tanya Cabala, Lakeshore Outreach Organizer for West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)

I was fortunate to have the honor of an interview with Peter Sinclair, a national expert on climate change and renewable energy. I have followed him for years and was excited to get the chance to chat with him about solar energy in this conversation. Solar power is in the news daily, and maybe in our everyday lives in the near future!

Peter is a videographer, specializing in environment and energy issues, based in Midland, Michigan. For more than a decade, he has produced a monthly video series for the Yale University School of Environment and has interviewed hundreds of the world’s leading scientists and engineers.

In the last decade, Peter has embedded regularly with science teams in critical areas, including the Greenland Ice Sheet. His videos are recognized by experts internationally and he is a frequent presenter on climate, renewable energy, and science communication. In 2017, the National Center for Science Education recognized Mr. Sinclair as a “Friend of the Planet.”

Peter tells us the basics about solar energy, what we all need to know. He also explains why it is especially important right now in relation to climate change, what actions we should be taking, and resources for people who want more information.

The Muskegon area is fortunate to have Peter here in person at an event on January 25, 2023-- Understanding Solar Energy with Peter Sinclair. It will be at the Montague High School, 4900 Stanton Boulevard. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the presentation and question and answer period will be from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The event is sponsored by the White Lake Area Climate Action Council and Reviving Our American Democracy (ROAD).


For people interested in residential solar, a new group in the Holland area is hosting virtual meetings with people who have solar energy and their installers to introduce basic concepts and answer questions. The next one is scheduled for February 16, 7 to 8:30 PM. The event is free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Register here at Eventbrite.

For more information about solar energy, see these links:

Sun 101 website and Sun 101 Facebook page

White Lake Area Climate Action Council Facebook page

ROAD Facebook page

WMEAC Facebook page

WMEAC website

WMEAC climate change resources

Thanks for stopping by!

Tanya Cabala
Lakeshore Outreach OrganizerWest Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)
Cell: 231-798-5196
Work schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday, 10 AM to 5 PM; Wednesday, 10 AM to 4 PM 
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