DTE Energy begins operating largest solar park in Michigan
Written By: Katherine Demetre
October 11, 2017
DTE Energy recently announced its Lapeer solar park, located in Lapeer, Mich., is now operational and producing enough clean energy to power 11,000 homes.
Per the company, the 200,000-panel array sits on more than 250 acres and is one of the largest utility-owned solar parks east of the Mississippi River. DTE broke ground on the project in the spring of 2016.
Irene Dimitry, vice president of business planning and development for DTE Energy, commented:
DTE is committed to providing our 2.2 million customers with energy that is reliable, affordable and cleaner. DTE plans to reduce carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050 in a way that works for Michigan’s economy, homeowners and businesses. We will achieve these reductions by incorporating substantially more renewable energy into our diverse energy mix while also transitioning our 24/7 power sources from coal to natural gas, continuing to operate our zero-emission Fermi 2 nuclear power plant, and improving options for customers to save energy and reduce bills.
According to DTE Energy, solar energy now makes up 7 percent of their renewable energy portfolio and brings the company’s investment in solar energy to $170 million since 2008.
“The Lapeer project has been extremely positive for our residents,” said Lapeer Mayor William Sprague. “It has called attention to Lapeer not only throughout the state but nationwide. I have received many calls from others in government regarding the project’s benefits and what they can do to attract solar projects to their communities.”