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Mike Prochaska
Co-owner, Detroit Geothermal

Detroit Geothermal is a heating and cooling drilling operation. We go into the earth sometimes 200, 300, 400 feet.

I always wanted to stay here and do this kind of work; it’s just great work, a lot of opportunity, so I just wanted to be here from the ground up. And Ernie [Zachary] and I have been doing it, in terms of restoration of buildings and the geothermal work, for a number of years now. We’ve been talking about sustainable energy and trying to get our buildings so they are sustainable. We wanted those buildings to be as efficient as possible in terms of heating and cooling, which is a very expensive process. It’s a slow, hard process. I had dark hair when I started and now it’s very gray (laughs). But it’s a very slow process. We just stick to it and it gets done.

If you go to Ohio or Illinois, those areas are doing a lot of geothermal for heating and cooling, and Michigan, southeastern Michigan is just starting that process. So I think in five or ten years it’s going to be a very, very good business.

From June 12, 2012, interview