The largest solar farm in Michigan, the 60 megawatt (MW) Lapeer solar park is now online and operational providing enough energy to power 11,000 homes for DTE Energy. With the new solar park the utility said that solar power now makes up 7 percent of its energy supply and that more than 10 percent of its energy, one gigawatt, comes from renewables.
The utility broke ground on the the project in Lapeer, located on 250 acres of land, in spring of 2016. "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."
The utility said it’s invested $170 million into solar power since 2008. Overall, the utility said it's invested more than $2 billion in wind and solar resources since 2008. The utility said it now has 13 wind parks and 31 solar arrays in its energy portfolio. It makes up a good part of the state’s larger efforts, which now sources 10 percent of all its energy from renewables.
"DTE is committed to providing our 2.2 million customers with energy that is reliable, affordable and cleaner," said Irene Dimitry, vice president of business planning and development for DTE Energy. "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.”
The utility also has one of the largest urban solar projects in the Midwest, Detroit’s O'Shea solar park. That project reimagined O’Shea park as a 10-acre solar power farm. It’s also a public-private partnership between DTE and the Detroit. The utility redeveloped nearly 10 acres of vacant land, revitalizing the neighborhood.Tweet