Funded by DTE Energy, the project will provide 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. A kiosk will also be onsite offering information to visitors about solar power.
The solar canopy will have capacity to generate 1.038-MW of electricity and will be the second-largest solar carport in the Midwest, following a 1.1-MW facility at the Cincinnati Zoo.
The solar array will offset an estimated 794 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Under an agreement, DTE Energy will construct, operate and maintain the project for 20 years.
Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed in early 2015.
The installation is part of DTE Energy’s SolarCurrents initiative which helps the company meet its goal to generate 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015.