John Hippensteel on the Practicalities of Solar Power

John Hippensteel, president of the renewable energy firm Lake Michigan Wind & Sun, will speak on “Residential Solar Power: What’s Happening and How Does It Work?” for the Climate Change Coalition’s monthly program Sept. 26 at 7 pm.

The use of solar power continues to expand rapidly across the United States, and installation costs are dropping significantly. As a way to reduce the use of fossil fuels, solar power will play an increasingly essential role in combating climate change and mitigating its worst effects. Hippensteel will discuss the practicalities of solar installation, operation and costs, and, more broadly, the state of the renewable energy industry in Wisconsin.

Hippensteel has operated Lake Michigan Wind & Sun for more than 20 years, and is widely considered the region’s go-to person for those who want to convert to renewable energy. He is also an energy instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.

The program takes place at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St., Ephraim. It is free and open to the public.

The Climate Change Coalition of Door County is a nonpartisan organization that through education, outreach and civil dialogue increases public understanding of climate change and its many detrimental impacts at home and around the world. For more information visit

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