DTE Energy chose 67 solar energy projects in the second round of its expansion of the SolarCurrents customer-owned pilot program, which offers customers a more affordable way to install solar photovoltaic systems on their homes and businesses.
The expanded SolarCurrents program offers an additional 2 MW of capacity this year and in 2014 through four rounds of about 500 kW each. A random drawing was necessitated when DTE Energy customers responded with 167 applications, representing nearly 1,200 kW for the second round offering.
The projects that weren’t selected this time can reapply for the third round, which starts January 13, 2014. The application deadline is February 12, 2014.
In this second round offering, incentives were awarded to 56 residential projects, representing 373 kW and ranging in size from 1 to 20 kW. Those projects will be built in 11 counties in Southeastern Michigan.
In addition, 11 small business projects, representing 121 kW, will be built in seven counties in Southeastern Michigan. Those projects range in size from 4 to 20 kW.
Prior to its recent expansion, the SolarCurrents program was fully subscribed with nearly 600 solar energy projects completed through 2012 representing a total of 5 MW of capacity.