JACKSON, Mich. A Clarkston Boy Scout made bat houses from scrap Chevrolet Volt battery covers that will be installed at Consumers Energy hydroelectric power plants.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that 16-year-old Matthew Netherland and other volunteers built 30 boxes from the covers that were donated by General Motors. Consumers Energy will install 22 of them. It operates 13 hydroelectric plants along the Au Sable, Grand, Kalamazoo, Manistee and Muskegon rivers.
Netherland made the bat houses for a project to earn Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank in Scouts.
The houses are about 3 feet long and 1 foot wide and each can fit more than 100 bats. Bats are important because they eat huge amounts of crop-damaging beetles, disease-spreading mosquitoes and other insects.