Ypsilanti to get solar panel array

Array to be complete by 2016, power up to 150 homes

YPSILANTI, Mich. – The city of Ypsilanti is set to get a new solar panel array.

The facility will include around 2,800 solar panels and have the capacity to generate 800 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power about 150 homes.

The project is being spearheaded by DTE Energy, which is installing a number of solar arrays throughout southeast Michigan, such as a 1.1-megawatt array at Domino's Farms and a 750-kilowatt array in Romulus.

"Representatives of the City of Ypsilanti and DTE Energy have been working for several years to bring this project to the city," said City Manager Ralph A. Lange. "We are thrilled that this project will produce clean solar power for the residents of Ypsilanti and neighboring communities."

DTE has signed an easement agreement with the property owner, and hopes to construct the facility by summer 2016, with a contract to maintain the system for 20 years.

State mandate requires electric utility companies to draw 10 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015.