Student videos highlight potential of renewable energy in West Michigan

Picture a group of high school students behind a video camera, capturing in a 30-second-to-5-minute clip their ideas and hopes regarding the future of their community. Sound like a good thing? It’s happening right now in Holland.

More than 120 students have participated in the Student Energy Video Challenge, which amounts to 40 different videos and the involvement of three different local high schools. The videos are themed loosely around the concept of energy efficiency and the proposed Holland Community Energy Plan. Winning videos will be screened at a student-organized Film Festival April 16, 2012 at the Park Theater in Holland.

Several groups of students produced videos showing the potential of renewable energy to revitalize West Michigan’s economy while protecting the environment and maintaining affordability for residents. The inclusion of renewables in our energy portfolio has been under discussion for some time, and is an especially timely issue now that Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs has begun campaigning for the 25% by 2025 ballot initiative. This proposal would require that at least 25% of Michigan’s electricity be produced from renewable sources by the year 2025. Similar legislation has already passed in other states.

For many students, adding renewable energy sources to our energy portfolio is a no-brainer. Watch the videos to hear what they have to say, then head over to to watch the other submissions.

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