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DTE Energy dedicates SolarCurrents project at IHM Sisters



          DTE Energy dedicates SolarCurrents project at IHM Sisters

DTE's largest solar energy installation is second in Monroe County

PR Newswire

MONROE, Mich., April 26, 2013

MONROE, Mich., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy and the Sisters,
Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), dedicated a 518-kilowatt solar
energy system at the IHM Sisters property here this morning.

The $2.6 million solar energy system, with more than 2,000 photovoltaic
modules, covers three acres and connects directly with the DTE Energy electric
grid. The solar installation has the capacity to power nearly 70 homes.

The array is part of DTE Energy's SolarCurrents pilot program that calls for
the installation of photovoltaic systems on customer rooftops or property.

"We at DTE are proud of our partnership with the IHM Sisters and our role in
meeting Michigan's renewable energy goals," said Gerry Anderson, DTE Energy
chairman, president and CEO. "And it is projects like this that demonstrate
the importance of having a diversified energy portfolio in our state – whether
from solar, wind or biomass – in order to achieve greater energy
independence." 

DTE Energy will have more than 20 megawatts (MW) of solar energy in its
renewable portfolio by 2015 through utility-owned and customer-owned projects.

"As IHM celebrates our 10-year anniversary, we are remembering the wonderful
ways in which IHM sisters and partners together became a learning community
and experienced transformation of the motherhouse and campus into a learning
laboratory for sustainable living," said Sister Mary Jane Herb, IHM president.
"Today marks another significant milestone along that journey as we continue
our commitment to sustainable living and learning."

DTE Energy will own, operate and maintain the solar energy system, the second
in Monroe County. Monroe County Community College was the first participant in
the SolarCurrents utility-owned program.

DTE Energy expects to invest about $1.5 billion by 2015 to add 1,000 MW of
renewable energy. In addition to the solar installations, DTE Energy has
acquired or built wind parks and other green energy facilities across the
state.

 

SOURCE DTE Energy

Contact: Scott Simons, DTE Energy, (313) 235-8808, or Alejandro Bodipo-Memba,
DTE Energy, (313) 235-3202
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