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Beline Obeid
August 29, 2013
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — As long as there’s a sun in the sky, a solar-powered sign will point the way to Jumps Restaurant at the corner of Kercheval and McMiIlan on the Hill.

“It juices itself during the day to work at night,” said Bill Wengle, of Wengle & Associates in Grosse Pointe Farms.

He said he came up with the sign for his client, Chad Stuart, Jumps owner.

“Wiring a regularly-powered sign was going to be a nightmare, even though it was low voltage,” Wengle said.

Then, it dawned on him.

“What about a solar panel of some sort?” Wengle said. “I got together with a couple of engineering guys I know.”

Solar cells are camouflaged brown and tucked on a ledge along McMillan.

They capture enough of the sun’s rays to generate electricity on cloudy days. A sensor activates the sign’s light emitting diodes at dusk.

Jumps moved four years ago from the basement to ground-floor space on McMillan between Kercheval and the Kercheval alley.

“Many people said they couldn’t find the restaurant,” Wengle said.

— Brad Lindberg

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