DTE Energy will install a solar array in the city of Ypsilanti, Mich., this according to a press release issued by the company today.
The company will construct, operate and maintain the solar system for 20 years. The new facility will comprise about 2,800 solar panels and have capacity to generate approximately 800 kW of electricity -- enough to power around 150 homes. DTE has signed an easement agreement with the property owner and will move forward with system design. The largest developer of solar energy projects in the state, DTE Energy hopes to obtain city approvals and construct the facility by summer 2016.
The project is part of DTE Energy SolarCurrents, a pilot program launched in 2009. DTE has installed nearly 10 MW of solar energy across 22 sites in Southeastern Michigan, including projects at Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn and Monroe Community College in Monroe. The company is also constructing a 1.1-MW array at Domino's Farms near Ann Arbor and a 750-kW installation in Romulus, and several other solar energy projects are in development.
The solar projects have helped DTE meet a state mandate requiring electric utilities to supply 10 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015.
DTE Energy's entire renewable energy portfolio, including wind and biomass, is now capable of generating nearly 1,000 MW of electricity -- enough to power 400,000 homes. The portfolio includes facilities owned and operated by DTE Energy along with contracts to purchase power from facilities owned and operated by third-party developers in Michigan.