Ford’s World Headquarters will soon be home to Michigan’s largest solar array, as the car manufacturer is working with DTE Energy to harness the power of the yellow sun. Powering 30 electric car charging stations that can supply energy to Ford models like the C-Max Energi, the 1.038-megawatt solar canopy will also route electricity to Ford’s offices.
“This is an innovative project that will benefit both DTE Energy and Ford, and is yet another example of our work toward building a more sustainable future,” said Ford Motor Land Development Center chairman and CEO, Donna Inch.
Ford’s solar array will also provide 360 covered parking spaces for Ford employees, making it the second-largest solar carport in the Midwest. First place goes to the Cincinnati Zoo’s 1.1-megawatt solar carport. Overall, Ford says its solar array is expected to “offset an estimated 794 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.”
With construction set to begin in September, Ford and DTE Energy expect the finished product to be complete in the beginning of 2015. The project will help DTE Energy fulfill its promise to develop 10 percent of the energy it produces through renewable resources by the year 2015.