Ford to install major solar array, EV chargers at headquarters

The solar canopy will generate up to 1.038 megawatts of electricity -- enough juice for 158 homes annually.

Ford Motor Co. is tapping DTE Energy Co. to build a solar array at the automaker’s world headquarters near Detroit.

The solar array will also serve as a parking cover to 360 spaces, equipped with 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. These covered spaces will be available to all employees, Ford spokesman John Cangany said today.

The cost of the project was not disclosed.

Construction will start next month, and is expected to wrap up in the first quarter of next year, Cangany said.

The solar canopy will generate up to 1.038 megawatts of electricity -- enough juice for 158 homes annually -- and will be the largest solar array in Michigan. It will eliminate an estimated 875 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Under the agreement between Ford and DTE Energy, the Detroit-based energy provider will operate and maintain the solar carport for 20 years.

“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 Donna Inch, CEO of Ford’s land development unit.

You can reach Nora Naughton at nnaughton@crain.com -- Follow Nora on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NoraNaughton

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