MPSC Approves Detroit Edison’s First Solar Energy Engineering Contract

The regulatory approval paves the way for Detroit Edison to start its own commercial solar power projects at various locations throughout its Southeastern Michigan service area.

The $18-million, one-year contract was awarded to Nova Consultants Inc. of Novi. The contract directs Nova to analyze the feasibility, design, installation and start-up of up to 3 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems to be installed on Detroit Edison-owned, as well as customer-owned facilities.

"This contract will provide a number of new energy opportunities for our larger customers, as well as economic development benefits for the region as a whole," said Trevor Lauer, DTE Energy vice president, Retail Marketing. "We’re interested in installing solar photovoltaic systems at businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations."

Nova Consultants is a full-service engineering, environmental and energy services company founded in 1992. The minority-owned company has projects throughout North America in the automotive, utility and educational markets, among others. Nova will work with Michigan firms to complete the installation of the solar systems.

Detroit Edison is an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) , a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.