DTE Energy completes latest solar project, this one for General Motors

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) said Oct. 28 that it has completed installation of a 900-kW solar array at the Warren Transmission plant in Michigan of General Motors.

The array is the largest solar installation at a GM site in Michigan and brings DTE’s operational solar sites to 28. DTE has three additional large scale solar arrays under construction in the cities of Detroit and Lapeer.

“DTE is proud to be the state’s largest investor in solar and wind, having driven investments of $2 billion since 2008,” said Irene Dimitry, vice president of business and development for DTE Energy. “These investments are helping us reduce greenhouse gases while enabling DTE to continue delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy for our 2.2 million customers.”

GM recently announced its commitment to meet the electricity needs of its global operations with 100% renewable energy by 2050. This goal is part of the company’s overall approach to strengthening its business, improving communities and addressing its impact on the climate.

“By partnering with DTE on this solar array, GM is helping bring green energy options to the Warren community,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM’s global manager of renewable energy. “Projects like these help GM better serve society by reducing environmental impacts.”

DTE owns the 2,862 panel-array, which was installed on 4.25 acres of a parking lot leased from GM Warren Transmission. The solar array will generate approximately 1.2 million kilowatt hours per year.

Today, DTE’s renewable energy portfolio includes 12 wind parks and 28 solar arrays in Michigan. In 2015, more than 10% of the electricity provided by DTE was generated from a renewable source in Michigan.

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 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.

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