DTE Energy announced it is partnering with utility customers
Written By: Tracy Dawson Roses
May 14, 2015
On May 14 DTE Energy announced it is partnering with utility customers to build the two largest solar arrays in Michigan. The first will service Domino’s Farms and the second Ford Motor Company.
DTE Energy is constructing a 1.1-megawatt photovoltaic solar installation at Domino’s Farms, just east of Ann Arbor, which will be completed and operational by the end of the year. The project will comprise more than 4,000 panels, generating 1,089 kilowatts of electricity.
Paul Roney, president of Domino’s Farms, an office park, remarked that
“This will be a great addition to the many unique and sustainable features we have on our properties. Just as important, this solar installation will generate the equivalent of one-quarter of the energy consumed at Domino’s Farms each day – a clean, sustainable energy solution.”
The separate solar project at Ford Motor Company’s World Headquarters in Dearborn became operational. The project, launched last year, provides Ford employees with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. The solar canopy has capacity to generate 1 megawatt of electricity. It is the second-largest solar carport in the Midwest. According to Ford’s website, the installation is funded by DTE Energy,
“These large-scale solar projects are examples of how DTE partners with customers to build a more sustainable future,” said Irene Dimitry, DTE Energy vice president, Business Planning & Development. “These projects, as well as our investment in wind energy, have helped us meet Michigan’s renewable energy goals and diversify our energy portfolio.”
DTE Energy will construct, operate and maintain the solar arrays for 20 years.
The Domino’s Farms and Ford Motor Co. projects are part of SolarCurrents, a pilot program launched in 2009. DTE Energy has installed nearly 10 megawatts of solar energy across 22 sites in metro Detroit and in Michigan’s “Thumb” area.
DTE Energy offers incentives through the Solar Currents program to its electric customers that install photovoltaic systems with a capacity of 1 kilowatt (kW) to 20 kW. For residential customers, the program offers both an up-front rebate of $0.20 per DC watt and a production incentive of $0.03 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by the system. The rates for non-residential customers are $0.13/W upfront and $0.02/W for the RECs. Both new systems and existing PV systems with valid DTE Energy Net Metering and Interconnection Agreements are eligible to participate in the program. All systems must be grid-connected, net metered, and be sized not to exceed on-site energy needs.