DTE brings live 48-MW solar power park in Michigan
The Lapeer solar park. Photo by: DTE Energy (www.dteenergy.com).
US utility DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) on Monday said it has commissioned its 48-MW Lapeer solar power park in the state of Michigan.
The photovoltaic (PV) complex consists of two separate plants situated at the site of a former state hospital and agricultural land in Lapeer city. Covering an area of over 250 acres (101.2ha) the plant consists of 200,000 panels with a projected combined output that will be enough to supply 11,000 homes per year. It uses PV modules supplied by Canadian Solar Inc (NASDAQ:CSIQ) and Suniva Inc, while inverters were provided by Schneider Electric SA (EPA:SU) and SMA Solar Technology AG (ETR:S92).
US firm Inovateus Solar was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project. Building activities were launched in the spring of 2016.
DTE’s renewables portfolio includes 1,000 MW of plants that provide enough electricity to power over 450,000 homes. The utility noted it has invested USD 170 million (EUR 144.4m) in PV schemes since 2008 and solar power now accounts for 7% of its total renewables assets.
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