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Mich. school to generate solar power for DTE

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 7:13am
The Associated Press

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — DTE Energy Co. said Wednesday that it signed a 20-year agreement with Mercy High School in Farmington Hills for installation of solar power collectors at the suburban Detroit campus.

DTE, an electric and natural gas utility company based in Detroit, said the system is part of its SolarCurrents program, which provides renewably generated power to electrical customers.

The company said it's installing a 400-kilowatt, $2.5 million photovoltaic system using 125,000 square feet of roof on the high school. DTE said the solar array should start operating this fall.

DTE said it expects to spend about $2 billion to add 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy in coming years. Besides solar power, the program includes wind farms and other green energy facilities owned by DTE or others.

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