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Ford and DTE Energy Will Build the Largest Solar Array in Michigan

By | August 14, 2014
Ford Motor Company and DTE Energy are teaming up to build Michigan's largest solar array, providing 360 covered parking spaces to help facilitate 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn. This carport is expected to generation 1.13 million kW hours annually, which would be enough energy to power almost 160 homes for a year. DTE Energy will provide the necessary funding for the project, along with construct, operate, and maintain the carport for 20 years. This project is part of the DTE's ongoing initiative to generate 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. "Ford has a long history of innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability. Our fundamental purpose as a company is to make people's lives better. We do that by crating outstanding products, by investing in communities where our employees live and work, and by using technology t tackle global sustainability challenges. Those beliefs are embodied in this project," said Executive Chairman Bill Ford. As the second-largest solar carport in the Midwest, this new solar array will not only reduce the amount of electricity that Ford pulls from the grid to run its offices and other operations in the area, but will offset nearly 800 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Source: Ford