Alternative Energy Partnerships
The Great Lakes Bay Region is successfully diversifying its economy into the alternative energy sector. To maintain their competitive advantage, regional chemical, solar, and advanced manufacturing companies require employees with current industry skills to meet their production goals and high quality standards. A minimum of 100-150 new chemical process operators are hired annually. And, new companies such as GlobalWatt and Suniva are locating in the region are projected to add up to 5,000 additional new jobs in the next few years.
Delta College has worked in partnership with many employers within our region that are spearheading alternative energy solutions. Those efforts include:
• Dow Chemical Company POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle, revolutionary photovoltaic solar panels in the form of solar shingles that can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials.
• Dow Kokam will manufacture affordable advanced superior lithium polymer battery (SLPB) technology for the hybrid and electric vehicle markets.
• Dow Corning Corporation creates products based on silicon chemistry for the energy industry.
• Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation (HSC) is a recognized global leader in the manufacture and distribution of hyper-pure polysilicon for solar cell applications.
• Suniva, an Atlanta based company, hopes to build a facility to manufacture high-efficiency, low-cost solar panels.
Delta's Collaboration Partners
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Pat Graves
Director of Business Partnerships, Legislative Relations & Resource Development
1961 Delta Road; University Center, MI 48710