Detroit-based utility DTE Energy has announced the commissioning of its 225-MW wind park, called Meridian Wind, in Michigan.
The wind park is located in three townships across Midland and Saginaw counties and consists of 77 wind turbines capable of generating clean energy to power more than 78,000 homes. According to the firm, it is the largest wind park in the state.
DTE says it managed all aspects of the project’s development and will take responsibility for ongoing operations and maintenance. This is the company’s first self-developed renewable energy project since Pinnebog Wind in 2016.
DTE now has 20 wind parks and 33 solar parks in its renewable energy portfolio, producing enough clean energy to power over 750,000 homes and representing an investment of more than $3 billion.
“We know this is the right thing to do for our customers, our company and our communities,” Brian Calka, vice president of renewable energy sales and project development at DTE, said. “In addition to bringing even more clean energy to the grid and supporting Michigan’s overall decarbonization goals, these projects help strengthen our economy by creating and sustaining jobs and by bringing millions of dollars in additional tax revenue to the communities that host this infrastructure.”
The company plans to add about 1,000 MW of new renewable energy every year starting in 2025, and aims to add an additional 15,000 MW of clean energy by 2042 as part of its CleanVision Integrated Resource Plan. This will provide enough clean energy to power more than four million homes, the company notes.
DTE Energy also has signed up numerous companies in the commercial and industrial sector into its MiGreenPower renewable energy program, including 7-Eleven, Henry Ford Health System, Toyota North America and dozens of others.