Robert Kulick had a bit of a non-traditional introduction to alternative energy. The downriver resident first explored solar energy while serving in the military and looking for a quiet power source for forward units.
That led to his putzing around with solar panels after his service ended, and eventually to the creation of CRESIT Energy eight years ago.
"It started with me experimenting with batteries, inverters and cords," says Robert Kulick, president of CRESIT Energy
. "My daughter said, 'Nobody lives like this.' But I saw energy costs going up so that is what got me started."
The Wyandotte-based business has established itself since then, helping put together alternative energy projects for local municipalities and residents. Among its portfolio of projects is installing a wind turbine at Heritage Park in Taylor and solar panels at police stations in Southgate. It now employs a staff of four people, including a recent hire handling marketing.
Kulick is proud of the foothold he has established in the local energy market. He and his team have helped put downriver on the map when it comes to sustainability and alternative energy, making it a leader in Metro Detroit. He is also trying to remain positive about the future of his business if the federal government doesn’t renew its renewable energy tax credits.
"It's grown but it's tougher," Kulick says. "It's already hard selling with a 30-percent tax credit. I wonder how hard it will be in two years when those tax credits run out."
Source: Robert Kulick, president of CRESIT Energy
Writer: Jon Zemke
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