DTE Energy kicks off construction on one solar project, finishes another

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) announced May 14 that it has teamed with Domino’s Farms and Ford Motor Co. to build and operate the two largest solar arrays in Michigan.

DTE Energy has begun construction of a 1.1-MW photovoltaic solar installation at Domino’s Farms, just east of Ann Arbor, which will be completed and operational by the end of the year. The project will be made up of more than 4,000 panels on property just north of M-14 and west of Earhart Road.  The solar installation will have capacity to generate 1,089 kilowatts of electricity.

Paul Roney, president of Domino’s Farms, said: “This will be a great addition to the many unique and sustainable features we have on our properties. Just as important, this solar installation will generate the equivalent of one-quarter of the energy consumed at Domino’s Farms each day – a clean, sustainable energy solution.”

As construction began on the new Domino’s Farms array, a separate solar project at Ford Motor’s World Headquarters in Dearborn became operational. The project, launched last year, provides Ford employees with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. The solar canopy has capacity to generate 1 MW. It is the second-largest solar carport in the Midwest.

“These large-scale solar projects are examples of how DTE partners with customers to build a more sustainable future,” said Irene Dimitry, DTE Energy vice president, Business Planning & Development. “These projects, as well as our investment in wind energy, have helped us meet Michigan’s renewable energy goals and diversify our energy portfolio.”

The Domino’s Farms and Ford Motor projects are part of SolarCurrents, a pilot program launched in 2009. DTE Energy has installed nearly 10 MW of solar energy across 22 sites in metro Detroit and in Michigan’s “Thumb” area.

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.

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