DTE Energy and the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have dedicated a 518 kW solar energy system at the IHM Sisters' property. The installation features more than 2,000 photovoltaic modules, covers three acres and connects directly with the DTE Energy electric grid.
The array is part of DTE Energy's SolarCurrents pilot program, which calls for the installation of photovoltaic systems on customer rooftops or property. DTE Energy will own, operate and maintain the system.
The utility notes that it will have more than 20 MW of solar energy in its renewable portfolio by 2015 through utility-owned and customer-owned projects. DTE Energy expects to invest about $1.5 billion by 2015 to add 1 GW of renewable energy overall, including wind power and other sources.