DTE Energy Seeks Bids to Develop Solar Generating Facility

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Detroit-based DTE Energy today announced a Request for Proposal to develop a solar generating facility in metro Detroit that will be operational by 2017.

“The development of a new solar project reflects DTE Energy’s broader commitment to build a more sustainable future for our customers,” says Irene Dimitry, vice president of business planning and development for DTE Energy.

DTE is seeking proposals for a solar installation with five to 50 megawatts of capacity. Dimitry says the utility will accept proposals for projects within the city of Detroit, along with its surrounding communities. The solar installation must be operational by Dec. 31, 2016.

Dimitry says DTE Energy owns and operates more than 20 large solar installations in the state, including at Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and Monroe Community College. The company recently began construction of a solar installation near Domino Farms in Ann Arbor, which could power up to 200 homes.

Dimitry says companies interested in bidding must issue a notice of intent to bid by July 22. For information or to participate, visit PowerAdvocate.com.

DTE says its also developing a voluntary pilot program for customers who want to purchase additional power generated from renewable energy sources.

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