Detroit Edison Seeks To Purchase Large Solar Installations

DETROIT — Detroit Edison Friday issued a Request for Proposals to purchase one or more large solar photovoltaic installation as part of its utility-owned SolarCurrents program.

The utility is seeking photovoltaic installations that can range in size from 500 kilowatts to 2 megawatts.

Detroit Edison already owns and operates a number of large solar installations, including projects at Monroe County Community College, General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, Ford Motor Co.’s Wayne Assembly Plant and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s downtown Detroit parking garage. The company also has several projects on DTE Energy property.

DTE Energy’s company-owned SolarCurrents pilot program calls for generating 15 megawatts of photovoltaic electricity throughout Southeast Michigan by 2015 as part of the company’s plan to meet Michigan’s renewable energy goals.

The RFP will be conducted in two steps. The first will identify potential sites and the second will seek design and pricing information for the most desirable sites. Solar installations proposed in response to the RFP must be in Detroit Edison’s service area, and that current owners of property be full-service bundled electric customers. Preference will be given for projects in Detroit.

Those interested can request access to the RFP at the PowerAdvocate bid platform, It is Event #33063. Bids will be received until Dec. 21.

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects, and energy trading.

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