The Michigan NextEnergy Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on energy efficiency and battery storage that leases laboratory facilities, business incubator space, and other facilities to support the state's alternative energy industry. As a Renaissance Zone, businesses within the NextEnergy Center may be eligible for tax benefits aside from the numerous tax credits the state offers alternative energy businesses.NextEnergy partners with Michigan Economic Development Corporation to provide funding to Michigan-based advanced lighting manufacturers to demonstrate and test their technology. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has established a matching fund for US DOE and ARPA-E funding opportunities. The state energy office also provided funding for NextEnergy to develop a bi-directional charging station at their facility that is being utilized by automotive manufacturers and utility companies.
The Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan conducts research to help deliver energy efficiency solutions, new clean energy jobs, and provide natural resource, environmental, and economic technologies. Research includes energy-efficient buildings, solar, CHP, biomass, and wind energy. The Center was first created in March 2011, funded by an initial grant from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor
and Economic Growth and its private sector partner, Energy Systems Group.
The state energy office has also funded numerous demonstration centers around the state to showcase energy efficiency technologies.
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