DTE Energy plans community solar project atop Michigan landfill

DTE Energy plans to build its first MIGreenPower community solar project in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

The 20-MW facility will be the largest in the region and is designed to support the clean energy goals of Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township. In addition, all DTE Electric customers will have the opportunity to subscribe to this project.

This new community solar project will be located on a capped landfill and greenfield site owned by Ann Arbor. When built, Ann Arbor will serve as the primary tenant of the project, meaning it agrees to purchase power that other customers have not subscribed to. Pittsfield Township will be prioritized as the project’s first subscriber and will use the project to achieve its 100% renewable energy target.

“This is just one of many new solar projects DTE plans to bring online by 2025 to enable communities of Michiganders to start using solar energy together,” said Trevor Lauer, president of DTE’s electric utility.

MIGreenPower is a voluntary renewable energy program that allows DTE customers to align their energy use with the company’s wind and solar projects. Participation in the program accelerates the development of new wind and solar projects.

According to Lauer, DTE will develop several large-scale solar projects on the state’s shared electricity grid over the next decade, as well as smaller community solar projects, giving customers greater access to low-cost solar energy.

DTE is issuing an open Request for Proposal (RFP) for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project and expects the project to begin generating power in 2023. Interested bidders should register their company information on the PowerAdvocate website. After registration, PowerAdvocate bidders can access the full RFP via this link.

“Renewable energy is an integral part of Pittsfield Township’s sustainability blueprint, which envisions a significant reduction in our community’s carbon footprint by 2025,” said Mandy Grewal, Pittsfield Township supervisor. “That, coupled with the fact that Pittsfield has been trying to install a solar panel in our community for over a decade, makes the completion of this project extremely exciting and fulfilling. We look forward to continuing to work with our regional stakeholders and residents to advance environmental sustainability in our region.”

DTE’s MIGreenPower program is one of the largest voluntary renewable energy programs in the United States. On an annual basis, MIGreenPower subscribers support 1.8 million MWh of clean energy.

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