DTE Energy is converting 10 acres of blighted land into one of the largest urban solar arrays in the United States. They broke ground today on the project, which could generate enough clean energy to power 450 homes. The land is at the former O’Shea Park, which is bordered by Greenfield Road and I-96.
The project could be done by the end of the year.
In late March, Detroit City Council approved an agreement between the City and DTE for the redevelopment of this city-owned land as part of a public-private partnership. DTE’s O’Shea solar project will generate more than $1 million in tax revenue for the City and will create jobs during its construction. DTE is also partnering with non-profit organizations, including 100 Black Men, Reading Works, Detroit Employment Solutions, and Goodwill, to deliver new workforce development, employment, and literacy programs to area residents.