DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. and DTE Energy Co. plan to build a large, roughly $5 million solar array at the automaker's world headquarters in suburban Detroit.
The companies announced Thursday that the project, funded by Detroit-based DTE Energy, will provide Ford employees in Dearborn with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles.
Ford executive chairman Bill Ford says in a statement that the project reflects the automaker's "long history of innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability."
The solar canopy will have capacity to generate 1.038 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 158 average-sized homes. DTE Energy will build, operate and maintain the carport for 20 years. Construction is set to begin in September and be completed in early 2015.