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GM Installing Solar Panels at Chevy Volt Plant in Michigan

Posted by Adam Sewall In Friday, May 13 2011 under: DTE, Chevy Volt, GM, Commercial Solar, Michigan Solar, DTE Energy, General Motors

General Motors is continuing its slow but steady push to improve the energy efficiency of its operations and increase its use of renewable energy.

This week, the vehicle manufacturer announced that work began on a large photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant in southeastern Michigan, via Osha Gray Davidson.

At 516-kilowatts (kW) in size, the solar power array will produce enough electricity each year to fully charge 54,750 Chevy Volt electric cars, which (aptly) GM assembles at the plant.

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DTE Energy Shuts Off Michigan Solar Rebates

Michigan residents who are customers of DTE Energy have in recent years enjoyed one of the best solar power rebate programs in the country... until now.

The Michigan utility today announced that its popular SolarCurrents rebate program has become fully subscribed.

"The SolarCurrents program demonstrated that financial incentives can spur significant growth and interest in an emerging renewable technology," said Trevor Lauer, DTE Energy vice president, Marketing & Renewables. "We are proud of the role this program has played in helping Michigan's solar industry transition to become a viable and growing industry within our state."


DTE Energy customers can still install solar energy systems – and work with the utility to connect them to their electric system. But DTE Energy will no longer provide financial incentives that were part of the initial pilot program.

Well isn't that convenient?

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Ford to Install Solar at Michigan Plant

Ford Motor Company's assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan will soon be home to the state's largest solar energy system. Later this year, Ford, Detroit Edison and Xtreme Power of Austin, Texas will begin building a 500-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system at the assembly plant.

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