Ford Motor Co. and DTE Energy have paired to power production at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne with solar panels that can generate about 500 kilowatts.

It’s a good fit: The plant currently makes the Ford Focus and will add the Focus Electric as well as the Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid.

The pilot project, which may be extended to other Ford plants, produces renewable energy that will augment conventional power sources in the plant’s electrical distribution system..

A smaller energy system will be used to power lighting at Michigan Assembly.

“This solar energy system allows us to test the viability of alternative energy to supply power for our manufacturing facilities around the world. It serves as a significant initiative within our corporate emphasis on sustainability,” said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president, North America Manufacturing.

“Michigan Assembly Plant has been transformed into a facility that embodies our drive for flexible manufacturing and strives for new standards for green manufacturing.”

source: detnews