- William J. Sprague, Mayor, City of Lapeer.
DTE, in collaboration with the City of Lapeer, broke ground in the spring of 2016 on 45 megawatts (MW) of new solar generating capacity at two projects sites: DeMille Road and Turrill Road. These projects will generate enough to power 9,000 average size homes with clean, zero-emission solar energy.
The DeMille Road project, which can be seen off Interstate 69 between Michigan Highway 24 (Exit 155) and Lake Nepessing Road (Exit 153), is the largest operating utility-owned photovoltaic solar array east of the Mississippi and the third largest in the country. A second project will be developed at a site located on Turrill Road between Michigan Highway 24 and Clark Road.
On December 11th, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved DTE's contract with Inovateus Solar MI, LLC to develop additional solar generating capacity of up to 50 MW. This approval allowed DTE to move forward with development of the two Lapeer sites. The company is evaluating other sites for the remaining 5MW of the approved generating capacity.
The addition of these solar projects will position DTE Energy to exceed a state mandate requiring electric utilities to supply 10 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources every year from 2015 to 2029. DTE is the largest investor in renewable energy in the state, having driven investments of over $2 billion in renewable resources since 2008.
ABOUT DTE ENERGY:
DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.
SOURCE: DTE ENERGY.