Ford announces purchase of 650 MW of solar power from DTE Energy

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Ford has purchased 650 megawatts of solar power from DTE Energy, which will require new infrastructure to support it, creating about 250 part-time and 10 full-time jobs. // Image bank

Thanks to a new clean energy agreement, DTE Energy will add 650 megawatts of new solar power capacity in Michigan for Ford Motor Co. by 2025, bringing the Dearborn automaker one step closer to its goal of carbon neutrality. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The purchase is a strategic investment in Michigan through DTE’s MIGreenPower program and is the largest renewable energy purchase ever made in the United States from a utility, based on the Bloomberg NEF New Energy Outlook. .

According to data collected by the Solar Energy Industries Association, once installed, the panels will increase the total amount of solar energy installed in Michigan by nearly 70%.

“This unprecedented agreement aims for a greener, brighter future for Ford and for Michigan,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and chief executive officer. “Today is an example of what it looks like to lead – to turn words into action.”

DTE estimates that the construction of the solar panels will create 250 temporary jobs and 10 permanent jobs. Local communities that host DTE’s renewable energy projects also benefit from the additional tax revenue generated by these projects. Revenues can be used for community support services including roads, schools, libraries and first responders.

“We congratulate Ford Motor Co. for its environmental leadership and commitment to clean energy,” said Jerry Norcia, president and CEO of DTE Energy. “Ford was the first large industrial customer to sign up for our MIGreenPower program in 2019, and we thank Ford for its continued commitment to using MIGreenPower to help decarbonize its operations and achieve its sustainability goals.”

To date, DTE has over 600 businesses enrolled in the program as well as over 62,000 residential customers. On an annual basis, MIGreenPower customers have enrolled 2.8 million megawatt hours of clean energy into the program, which has the environmental benefit equivalent to avoiding 2.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. .

Ford manufactures more vehicles in the United States and employs more hourly workers in America than any other automaker, and was one of the first American automakers to align with the international community to limit the impacts of global warming in under the Paris Agreement.

Michigan has been home to Ford since its founding in 1903. Since 2016, Ford has invested nearly $10 billion in Michigan and created or maintained more than 10,000 jobs. This includes renovating Michigan Central Station, developing a new Ford Research and Engineering Campus in Dearborn, establishing Ford’s Ion Park in Romulus, and more.

For more information on DTE’s MIGreenPower program, please visit migreenpower.com.

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