Detroit-based DTE Energy has started construction on the O’Shea solar project, which will convert 10 acres of vacant and blighted land in Detroit into a project capable of generating enough clean energy to power 450 homes.
In late March, Detroit’s city council approved an agreement between the city and DTE for the redevelopment of the city-owned parcel of land.
DTE says the O’Shea project will generate more than $1 million in tax revenue for the city.
“This great project is one of the ways the city is developing new partnerships to put our vacant land back to use in a way that strengthens the surrounding neighborhood,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “What DTE Energy is creating here will help to stabilize and strengthen this community.”
In addition to the O’Shea solar project, DTE has three solar installations currently under development in Michigan, including one at the GM Warren Transmission plant and two in Lapeer. DTE’s renewable energy portfolio includes 12 wind parks and 27 solar arrays in Michigan.