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Pewabic Pottery goes solar with help from Pink Energy

September 11th, 2020 | By Roger Kuznia

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DETROIT — Pewabic Pottery, a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest continuously operating potteries in the country, has been making pottery and tile in Detroit since 1903. The 117-year-old pottery has added 74 solar panels atop its education and tile studios, located behind the iconic Tudor-style building. Installed by Pink Energy, the panels will offset 16 percent of Pewabic’s average electricity bill and will provide power for lighting, HVAC units and electric kilns.

Funding for the solar project was provided in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, along with gifts from more than 100 individual donors.

Pink Energy, an energy-efficiency company specializing in solar energy installation, opened its Metro Detroit location in 2017, and now serves hundreds of residential and commercial customers throughout the state.

“Marrying a century-old structure with modern-day technology is an art form,” said Pewabic Executive Director Steve McBride.  “As a historic landmark, we want to honor the integrity of the original Pewabic buildings while reducing our carbon footprint and becoming more sustainable to ensure we are still here in another 100 years.”

Pink Energy consultants worked closely with Pewabic leadership to ensure the solar panel installation met the pottery’s energy needs and sustainability goals and did not impact the aesthetics of the facility.

“This is the first National Historic Landmark project for Pink Energy and our first installation to help support an exemplary Detroit arts and culture institution,” said Jayson Waller, CEO, Pink Energy. “Our work will help Pewabic achieve its sustainability goals and hopefully encourage patrons to consider solar, too.”

About Pewabic Pottery
Pewabic Pottery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the human spirit through clay, is a National Historic Landmark pottery founded in Detroit in 1903. As an active pottery, architectural tile studio and ceramic arts education center, Pewabic today is a vibrant cultural destination that attracts visitors from around the world. For more information visit www.pewabic.org.

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