As solar power’s role in Michigan continues to grow, our local energy providers are at the forefront—investing in innovative, new technologies and incorporating greater use of solar energy into our state’s “all of the above” energy approach.
Local Projects in the Spotlight
With interest in solar power rising, local energy providers are finding ways to incorporate large-scale solar projects into communities across the state. Often referred to as “utility-scale” solar, these efforts allow Michigan to build its solar capabilities in cost-effective ways that protect energy fairness, access, and reliability.
DTE Energy just broke ground on a new solar array project. The local energy company “is installing 2,700 solar panels on Citrin Drive near I-94 and Middlebelt Road” that will generate an additional “750 kilowatts of energy” or enough “to power 125 homes.” The new array “reinforces the company’s aim to generate more power from renewable sources.”
Consumers Energy is helping build a new community solar garden. Consumers Energy is partnering with Grand Valley State University to build “the largest solar garden in the state” near the school’s Allendale campus. Construction is expected to begin in November with a completion date in April 2016.
An Ypsilanti solar panel array is moving forward. DTE Energy is partnering with the Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti on a new solar power project capable of producing 800 kilowatts, “enough to power around 150 homes annually” or roughly two percent of the city’s residences.
Smart Integration is Critical
With the retirement of nine coal-fired power plants over the coming year, solar power’s role in Michigan’s power mix will only continue to grow.
As the state’s largest investors in solar energy—DTE Energy alone has invested around $2 billion in renewable energy projects since 2008—our local energy providers are helping ensure solar is integrated into our state’s energy mix in cost-effective ways that benefit all Michiganders.
Large-scale, community-based solar energy projects help ensure everyone is able to benefit from renewable energy—not just individual homes or businesses. A large-scale approach to solar power is a key part of securing Michigan’s energy future for all Michiganders.
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