DTE lights up three new solar projects in Michigan; more on the way

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) said Feb. 4 that it has completed three new solar projects in Avoca, Brownstown and Romulus in Michigan, continuing the company’s position as the state’s largest solar energy producer.

“DTE Energy is proud to be leading Michigan as the state’s largest investor and producer of both wind and solar energy,” said Irene Dimitry, vice president of Business and Development at DTE Energy. “Since 2009, DTE has invested more than $67 million in solar energy, supporting a cleaner, greener environment and a more sustainable future for our communities.”

The three projects are:

  • DTE Greenwood Energy Center: At 1.95 MW, this new array in Avoca, located northwest of Port Huron, was the largest active solar array in Michigan when it began operations on Jan. 29.
  • DTE Romulus Solar Array: Located on Citrin Drive near Interstate 94 and Middlebelt Road, this array can produce 750 kW, and it started operations on Dec. 21, 2015.
  • DTE Brownstown Township: The 500-kW array, located on Pennsylvania Road near Interstate 75, became operational on Dec. 29, 2015.

In addition to DTE’s 26 currently operating solar arrays, the company has four more solar projects under development, including an array in Ypsilanti, at the General Motors Warren Transmission plant, and two large-scale arrays in Lapeer. The larger of the Lapeer solar projects is 30 MW and will be the largest utility-owned solar array east of the Mississippi River when complete. The addition of these solar projects will help position DTE Energy to exceed a state mandate requiring electric utilities to supply 10% of their electricity from renewable energy sources every year from 2015 to 2029.

DTE is the largest investor in renewable energy in the state, having driven investments of more than $2 billion in renewable resources since 2008. Today, DTE’s entire renewable energy portfolio, including solar, wind and biomass, is capable of generating nearly 1,000 MW. The portfolio includes facilities owned and operated by DTE Energy, along with contracts to purchase power from third-party developers in Michigan. All of the power generated by these facilities is fed into DTE’s electrical grid,

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 (DTE Electric) serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan.

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