Emissions, Renewables, Solar

DTE Energy Opens Largest Solar Park in Michigan

By Editors of Power Engineering

DTE Energy announced full operations at its 60-MW Lapeer solar park in Lapeer, Michigan.

The 200,000-panel array sits on more than 250 acres, and DTE indicates it is the largest solar park in the state.

“DTE plans to reduce carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050 in a way that works for Michigan’s economy, homeowners and businesses,” said Irene Dimitry, vice president of business planning and development for DTE Energy. “We will achieve these reductions by incorporating substantially more renewable energy into our diverse energy mix while also transitioning our 24/7 power sources from coal to natural gas, continuing to operate our zero-emission Fermi 2 nuclear power plant, and improving options for customers to save energy and reduce bills.”

Solar energy now makes up seven percent of DTE’s renewable energy portfolio and brings the company’s investment in solar energy to $170 million since 2008. DTE now operates 1,000 MW of renewable energy at 13 wind parks and 31 solar arrays.