The DTE Energy projects include systems:
- On nine acres of land located at Domino’s Farms Office Park in Ann Arbor Township, which houses the world headquarters of Domino’s Pizza Inc. and more than 50 other corporations. At 1.1 MWp, the system, visible from U.S. Highway 23 east of Ann Arbor, began operating late this past summer.
- At the headquarters of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., where DTE Energy has installed 1.0 MWp in solar panels atop canopies for employee parking. This project was completed in April 2015.
- On property owned by Noble Oaks Farms along Interstate 96 in Lyon Township, north of Ann Arbor. This system of 818 kilowatts-peak was completed in 2014.
These projects are, respectively, the first, second and third largest solar systems in Michigan. DTE built the systems and plans to own and operate them for 20 years. SolarWorld has supplied solar panels for at least 10 other projects within DTE Energy’s system portfolio, including a system at the energy company’s headquarters in Detroit.
In all cases, the solar panels were supplied through McNaughton-McKay Electric Co., headquartered in Madison Heights, Mich., with market territory in the Midwest and Southeast. Opened in 1910, McNaughton-McKay is a leading distributor of electrical products and a longtime and active partner of SolarWorld.
“The U.S. manufacturing workers of SolarWorld are proud that the products they are making in Oregon are supplying such key American businesses and locations in Michigan,” said Ardes Johnson, U.S. vice president for sales and marketing for SolarWorld. “Together, we are helping that state, already famous for innovation, go green.”
DTE has undertaken the projects under its SolarCurrents program, which is helping the company meet the state’s renewable-energy portfolio standard (RPS). The Michigan RPS requires its utility companies to source 10 percent of their energy from renewables by this year.
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.