Paul Roney, president of Domino’s Farms, said he is proud of the partnership with DTE Energy.
“This will be a great addition to the many unique and sustainable features we have on our properties,” Roney said. “Just as important, this solar installation will generate the equivalent of one-quarter of the energy consumed at Domino’s Farms each day – a clean, sustainable energy solution.”
As construction began on the new Domino’s Farms array, a separate solar project at Ford Motor Company’s World Headquarters in Dearborn became operational.
The project, launched last year, provides Ford employees with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. The solar canopy has capacity to generate 1 megawatt of electricity – enough to power 170 average-sized homes. It is the second-largest solar carport in the Midwest.
“These large-scale solar projects are examples of how DTE partners with customers to build a more sustainable future,” said Irene Dimitry, DTE Energy vice president, Business Planning & Development. “These projects, as well as our investment in wind energy, have helped us meet Michigan’s renewable energy goals and diversify our energy portfolio.”
DTE Energy will construct, operate and maintain the solar arrays for 20 years.
The Domino’s Farms and Ford Motor Co. projects are part of SolarCurrents, a pilot program launched in 2009. DTE Energy has installed nearly 10 megawatts of solar energy across 22 sites in metro Detroit and in Michigan’s “Thumb” area.
“DTE’s experience in developing solar in Michigan has provided valuable learnings with regard to the true cost, benefits and issues associated with utility- and customer-owned solar capacity,” Dimitry said.