Greenest State of Michigan Facility to Activate Wind Turbine in Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The Bay City Business Center, recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-Certified State of Michigan facility, will be the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce its newly constructed wind turbine. The Michigan Department of Environment Quality (DEQ); the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG); and ProVisions, LLC will host the ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 27 at 401 Ketchum Street in Bay City. Free tours allowing the public to view the wind turbine will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 120-foot wind turbine is capable of supplying between 30 and 40 percent of the building’s electricity. On days when wind power generates more than 100 percent of the building’s needs, excess energy will be sent out to the utility grid. The Bay City Business Center’s other green features include a pond stormwater retention system, skylights and automated HVAC controls. The initiative exceeds expectations outlined in the Department of State’s Executive Directive 2003-22, “Locating in Urban Areas” and Executive Directive 2007-22, “Enhanced Energy Efficiency and Conservation.”

This ceremony will be the Bay City Business Center’s second of 2009. On Earth Day, April 22, ProVisions officially welcomed the DEQ and DELEG. These state departments are leasing the Bay City Business Center’s 24,996 square feet of office space while six additional acres remain available for sale or build-to-suit with retail, restaurant and banking opportunities. The facility’s proximity to I-75, I-69, I-96 and US-23 give it access to the Tri-Cities, all of Michigan and the Midwest.

The Department of Environmental Quality protects human health and the environment, and preserves Michigan’s natural heritage. For more information, call (800) 292-4706 or go to The Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth promotes and ensures Michigan’s future through education, job training, innovation and collaborative partnerships in service and protections of its customers’ needs.