(MARYSVILLE) -- A $2.2 million project is underway at the St. Clair County Regional Education Service Agency campus in Marysville to create solar energy. Construction began last week and is expected to finish in November. Energy created will be directed to DTE's electrical grid serving southeast Michigan. DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons says the 2,000 solar panels will produce about 500 kilowatts of energy, which is enough to power about 70 homes. DTE will pay $15,000 a year to lease the solar property. Part will be set aside for education purposes. DTE previously partnered with three other educational institutions on solar energy projects. They are at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Monroe County Community College and Warren Consolidated School District.
(PORT HURON) -- A Port Huron man has been honored by the state for his work collecting data on Michigan's historical markers. Jim Brennan has spent almost 20 years collecting photographs and information on about 1,700 markers. He makes the information available for free on his website www.michmarkers.com. The city's information technology director recently received the 2013 Governor John B. Swainson Award by the Michigan Historical Commission for his work. The award honors state, county and municipal employees who go beyond their jobs to help preserve Michigan's history.