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DTE Energy to issue RFP for large solar installation

DETROIT, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy today announced it will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to develop a solar generating facility for DTE Energy.    

DTE is seeking proposals for a solar installation with 5 to 50 megawatts of capacity.  The RFP will be issued Wednesday, June 24 and notices of intent to bid are due by Wednesday, July 22.  

The solar generating facility must be in DTE Energy's service area and operational by Dec. 31, 2016.  DTE welcomes proposals for projects within the city of Detroit as well as surrounding communities.  

"DTE is the largest investor in solar in the state," said Irene Dimitry, DTE Energy vice president, Business Planning & Development.  "The development of a new solar project reflects DTE Energy's broader commitment to build a more sustainable future for our customers."

DTE Energy currently owns and operates more than 20 large solar installations in Michigan, including projects at Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn and Monroe County Community College in Monroe.  The company recently began construction of a 1.1-megawatt solar installation near Domino's Farms, just east of Ann Arbor.  The project, which will have the capacity to power nearly 200 homes, will be completed and operational by the end of the year. 

The company also is exploring development of a voluntary pilot program for customers who want to purchase additional power generated from renewable energy sources.

Land owners with a minimum of 20 acres who are interested in hosting a solar project, or those interested in learning details about the facility can email Companies interested in participating in the RFP process must register with the Power Advocate bid event platform at  The event number is 50613.   Contact for questions about accessing the Power Advocate web site. 

About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at, and

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For further information: For further information, members of the media may call: Vanessa Waters or Scott Simons, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555