Michigan-based utility company DTE Energy has completed installation of a 900 kW solar array at automaker General Motors’ transmission plant in Warren, Mich. DTE owns the 2,862-panel array, which was installed on 4.25 acres of a parking lot leased from GM Warren Transmission. The array is the largest solar installation at a GM site in Michigan.
“By partnering with DTE on this solar array, GM is helping bring green energy options to the Warren community,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM’s global manager of renewable energy. “Projects like these help GM better serve society by reducing environmental impacts.”
GM recently announced its commitment to meet the electricity needs of its global operations with 100% renewable energy by 2050. This goal is part of the company’s overall approach to strengthening its business, improving communities and addressing its impact on the climate.
DTE says it now has 28 operational solar sites, with three additional large-scale solar arrays under construction in the cities of Detroit and Lapeer.
“DTE is proud to be the state’s largest investor in solar and wind, having driven investments of $2 billion since 2008,” said Irene Dimitry, vice president of business and development for DTE Energy. “These investments are helping us reduce greenhouse gases while enabling DTE to continue delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy for our 2.2 million customers. We are excited to be here today to celebrate the completion of this project and our partnership with General Motors.”
DTE says its renewable energy portfolio includes 12 wind parks and 28 solar arrays in Michigan. In 2015, more than 10% of the electricity provided by DTE was generated from a renewable source in Michigan – enough clean energy to power more than 400,000 homes.