From the air, DTE Energy’s new solar installations in Lapeer are an amazing site. They are comprised of nearly 200,000 solar panels that will produce enough clean, emission-free energy to power 9,000 homes when they begin generating electricity this spring.
The Lapeer solar arrays are named Demille, which is located between Demille Road and Interstate 69, and Turrill, which is north of Turrill Road. Combined, they are the largest utility-owned solar installation in Michigan and rank among the largest in the Eastern U.S.
“Building a project of this size requires close collaboration with the city and the community,” said Dave Harwood, DTE’s director of Renewable Energy. “The city of Lapeer has been a great partner on these projects.”
Renewable energy is a growing part of DTE’s energy portfolio. It also plays a key role in helping DTE deliver affordable, reliable, clean power to its 2.2 million customers in Michigan.
“The City of Lapeer and its residents should be very proud of the contribution they are making to the future of energy in Michigan,” said Harwood.
An educational solar display along the pathway between Mott Community College and the Demille array is also part of the project. “We want local students and the community to understand how solar energy works and to be proud of the fact that this large array is in their community,” said Carla Gribbs, DTE Government Relations regional manager.
As Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy, DTE is excited to add the Lapeer projects to its growing renewable energy portfolio. When the Lapeer projects come online, DTE’s wind parks and solar arrays will produce enough renewable energy to power nearly 450,000 homes.