DTE Energy issues RFP to develop solar generating facility

DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company, has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to develop a solar generating facility with 5 to 50 MW of capacity. Notices of intent to bid are due by July 22.

DTE EnergyThe solar generating facility must be in DTE Energy‘s service area and operational by Dec. 31, 2016. DTE welcomes proposals for projects within the city of Detroit as well as surrounding communities.

“DTE is the largest investor in solar in the state,” said Irene Dimitry, VP of business planning & development for DTE. “The development of a new solar project reflects DTE Energy’s broader commitment to build a more sustainable future for our customers.”

Companies interested in participating in the RFP process must register with the Power Advocate bid event platform. The event number is 50613.

DTE Energy currently owns and operates more than 20 large solar installations in Michigan, including projects at Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn and Monroe County Community College in Monroe. The company recently began construction of a 1.1-MW solar installation near Domino’s Farms, just east of Ann Arbor. The project, which will have the capacity to power nearly 200 homes, will be completed and operational by the end of the year.

The company also is exploring development of a voluntary pilot program for customers who want to purchase additional power generated from renewable energy sources.

— Solar Builder magazine

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