DETROIT, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. Today, the 117-year-old pottery added 74 solar panels atop its education and tile studios, located behind the iconic Tudor-style building. Installed by POWERHOME SOLAR, the panels will offset 16% 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.
POWERHOME Solar, 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."
POWERHOME SOLAR 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 POWERHOME SOLAR and our first installation to help support an exemplary Detroit arts and culture institution," said Jayson Waller, CEO, POWERHOME SOLAR. "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.
About POWERHOME SOLAR
POWERHOME SOLAR is an energy efficiency company that provides high-quality American-made solar panels as part of a complete energy-savings package for residential customers. The company launched in 2014 in Mooresville, N.C., and today has more than 1,300 employees, including a commercial division. Operating in 10 states, it is ranked No. 255 on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, the third time in four years that the company has made this prestigious list. For more information, visit www.powerhome.com.
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