Detroit Edison, an electricity utility firm owned by DTE Energy, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase one or more large PV installations as part of its parent company’s SolarCurrents programme. Specifically, it is looking to purchase PV installations which have a capacity of 500kW to 2MW.
There will be two stages to the RFP. The first stage will involve identifying potential sites and the second stage will involve designing and pricing information for the most desirable sites. Solar installations proposed in response to the RFP must be in Detroit Edison's service area, and that current owners of property be full-service bundled electric customers. Preference will be given for projects in Detroit.
The SolarCurrents pilot programme has a target to generate 15MW of PV capacity in south-east Michigan, US, by 2015 which is also part of the company’s larger plans to help Michigan meet its renewable energy goals.
Detroit Edison currently owns and operates several large solar installations, including projects at General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and Ford Motor Co.'s Wayne Assembly Plant.