DTE Energy to seek bids on up to 50 MW of solar capacity

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) announced June 23 that it will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to develop a solar generating facility for DTE Energy that would have 5 MW to 50 MW of capacity.

The RFP will be issued on June 24 and notices of intent to bid are due by July 22. The solar generating facility must be in DTE Energy’s service area in Michigan and operational by Dec. 31, 2016. DTE welcomes proposals for projects within the city of Detroit as well as surrounding communities.

“DTE is the largest investor in solar in the state,” said Irene Dimitry, DTE Energy vice president, Business Planning & Development. “The development of a new solar project reflects DTE Energy’s broader commitment to build a more sustainable future for our customers.”

DTE Energy currently owns and operates more than 20 large solar installations in Michigan, including projects at Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn and Monroe County Community College in Monroe. The company recently began construction of a 1.1-MW solar installation near Domino’s Farms, just east of Ann Arbor. The project will be completed and operational by the end of the year.

The company also is exploring development of a voluntary pilot program for customers who want to purchase additional power generated from renewable energy sources.

Companies interested in participating in the RFP process must register with the Power Advocate bid event platform at www.poweradvocate.com. The event number is 50613.

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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