GM, DTE Energy Invest in Michigan’s Solar Future


General Motors and DTE Energy are working together to accelerate Michigan’s transition to renewable energy with a deal to source 500,000 MWh of solar energy as part of DTE’s MIGreenPower program

This follows an initial investment of 300,000 MWh of wind energy purchased by GM in February 2019, bringing the total amount to more than 800,000 MWh. The MIGreenPower program is available to all DTE Electric customers who want to attribute a greater percentage of their energy use to DTE’s wind and solar energy operations.

GM’s investment in MIGreenPower should deliver enough clean energy to supply GM’s southeast Michigan facilities by 2023, including the Renaissance Center global headquarters in Detroit; the GM Global Technical Center in Warren; the Milford Proving Ground in Milford and two local assembly plants, Orion and Detroit-Hamtramck; and several smaller GM sites across southeast Michigan.

“Projects like this can have a substantial impact on reducing emissions and we’re proud to commit to clean energy procurement in our home state,” says Dane Parker, chief sustainability officer at GM.

“Not only should this agreement reduce emissions in the near term, it’s a glimpse into a world with electric vehicles, built by renewable energy, and in the case of our workplace chargers, charged by a green grid too. And as we scale our EV portfolio and access to a green grid around the world, the future looks brighter than ever,” he adds.  

This investment will fund two new DTE solar parks that are currently in development and will be among the largest in the state. GM’s initial MIGreenPower commitment was used to fund three wind parks scheduled to achieve commercial operation at the end of the year. Based on similar projects, DTE expects this investment to support approximately 1,500 clean energy jobs in Michigan during project construction.

DTE has also accelerated its carbon reduction goals to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2040 and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in its electric company by 2050. Growing participation in its MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy program will play a key role in achieving these targets. Customers who match their electricity use to DTE’s utility-scale wind and solar projects increase the amount of renewable energy DTE can build beyond what is required by law, accelerating the demand for clean energy and providing more access to these projects.

“This investment is in line with GM’s accelerated renewable energy commitment to source 100% of GM’s U.S. facilities with renewable energy by 2030 and global facilities by 2040,” adds Parker.

DTE Electric customers interested in signing up for the MIGreenPower program can enroll by clicking here

Photo: DTE’s renewable project’s page

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