DTE plans 10-acre solar array in Detroit

DETROIT — Detroit Free Press reported DTE Energy plans to develop a large solar energy array on 10 acres in Detroit — a project designed to help stabilize a west-side neighborhood and make use of vacant public property.

The solar array would be built on a 20-acre, city-owned site south of I-96 at Greenfield Road known as O’Shea Playground, which was decommissioned by the city’s recreation department in 2011. Since then, the O’Shea recreation center has been stripped and damaged by fire while the surrounding community has dealt with population loss and the effects of blighted homes.

City officials partnering with DTE envision the solar array as a catalyst to enhance the neighborhood, along with concurrent plans to use federal funds for nearby blight demolition and a commitment to train residents for “green collar” jobs focused on the reuse of vacant land.

“If people are envisioning what is the most energy-efficient quarter square mile of the city, it will be known as this neighborhood from here on out, and with that comes an opportunity to attract renewable energy enterprises,” Detroit planning and development director Maurice Cox said on Thursday. “We are going to aggressively market this neighborhood as a place to possibly locate start-up businesses.”

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Source: Detroit Free Press

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