DTE Energy inks $18M solar energy contract

DTE Energy is taking another step toward
reaching Michigan’s new Renewable Portfolio Standard for alternative
energy, now that it’s getting ready to install a whole bunch of solar
panels.

Detroit Edison, a subsidiary of the downtown
Detroit-based firm, has signed an $18 million contract with Novi-based Nova Consultants. The two
will work with the utility’s SolarCurrents renewable energy program to
create three megawatts of new solar panels in southeast Michigan over
the next year.

Nova will analyze the feasibility, design, and
installation of photovoltaic solar systems on the roofs of both Detroit
Edison-owned buildings and those of its customers. Think large
industrial buildings.

“We’re in the beginning stages of a number
of different solar projects,” says Scott Simons, a spokesman for DTE Energy.

The
RPS requires that 10 percent of the utility’s power generation come from
renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2015. DTE Energy has acquired
easements
on 75,000 acres of land in Huron County in Michigan’s
Thumb region for development of large-scale wind farms. The company also
has two solar energy pilot projects that could produce about 20
megawatts of power.

Source: Scott Simons, a spokesman for DTE
Energy

Writer: Jon Zemke