Detroit Edison together with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) have signed an agreement that holds good for 20 years for providing renewable energy that is generated from the sun to the customers of Detroit Edison as well as BCBSM.
The $1-million PV system with a capacity of 200 kW would be installed in downtown Detroit on the rooftop of the four-storied parking structure of BCBSM. The solar array would become operational by next spring and will cover an area of 31,000 sq. ft. of the overall roof area of 42,000 sq. ft.
This installation comes under the pilot SolarCurrents program of Detroit Edison, which requires PV systems to be erected on the properties or rooftops of customers over the coming half decade to produce electricity in the tune of 15 MW across Southeast Michigan.
Detroit Edison intends to invest over $100 million in this program that necessitates customer participation for two decades. BCBSM as well as other customers who take part in this program will be entitled for a yearly credit on their energy expense along with a one-time, initial construction payment for covering any inconvenience caused during the process of installation.