DTE Energy today announced its Lapeer solar park, located in Lapeer, Mich., is now operational and producing enough clean energy to power 11,000 homes. 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.
Solar energy now makes up 7 percent of DTE’s renewable energy portfolio and brings the company’s investment in solar energy to $170 million since 2008 – the most of any company in Michigan. DTE currently powers 450,000 homes from 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy.
“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.”
DTE’s renewable energy portfolio also includes one of the largest urban solar arrays in the Midwest – its O’Shea solar parkin Detroit. The O’Shea project is the result of a unique public-private partnership between DTE and the City of Detroit in which DTE redeveloped nearly 10 acres of previously vacant land, helping to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.
Since 2008, DTE has spearheaded more than $2 billion of investment in wind and solar resources. As Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy, DTE has 13 wind parks and 31 solar arrays in its renewable energy portfolio. More than 10 percent of the energy DTE uses to supply electricity to customers comes from these renewable energy resources.