DTE Energy opens solar energy facilities in three Michigan communities


DTE Energy has completed three new solar power projects in Avoca, Brownstown and Romulus, continuing the company’s position as the state’s largest solar energy producer.

DTE now has 26 utility-owned solar arrays in operation with enough generating capacity to power 2,400 homes with clean, zero-emission energy.

All three projects became operational in late 2015 and early 2016.

Details of each project include:

DTE’s Greenwood Energy Center: At 1.95 MW, the new array in Avoca, located northwest of Port Huron, can produce enough to power 329 homes, and became 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, enough to power 126 homes; it started operations on Dec. 21, 2015.

DTE Brownstown Township: The 500 kW array, located on Pennsylvania Road near Interstate 75 and Pennsylvania Road, can produce enough power for 84 homes and 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 GM Warren Transmission plant, and two large-scale arrays in Lapeer. The larger of the Lapeer solar projects is 30 MW.

The addition of these solar projects will help position DTE Energy to exceed a state mandate requiring electric utilities to supply 10 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources every year from 2015 to 2029.

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