2018-05-16 / News

Hundreds in community attend DTE Solar Celebration


Groups of visitors enjoyed a guided tractor tour of the array that featured DTE staff sharing information on solar energy. 
Photos by Nicholas Pugliese Groups of visitors enjoyed a guided tractor tour of the array that featured DTE staff sharing information on solar energy. Photos by Nicholas Pugliese LAPEER — Area residents were invited to head to one of the largest solar panel installations this side of the Mississippi River on Saturday as part of the DTE Solar Celebration event. DTE hosted the free event that celebrated the one-year anniversary of the largest solar array in Michigan.

Approximately 250 attendees enjoyed a tractor wagon tour through part of the array with DTE staff providing a description of the project and information on solar energy. The event also included family activities such as face painting, interactive educational activities about renewable energy, entertainment, and refreshments.

DTE’s Lapeer Solar Park is the largest universal solar installation in Michigan, with 200,000 panels spread over 250 acres — generating enough clean energy to power 11,000 homes. Renewable energy is a growing part of DTE Energy’s commitment to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to customers while reducing carbon emissions.


Kim Thomas of Millington-based Kim’s Fun Faces provided kids like 10-yearold Isabella D’Andrea of Lapeer with air-brushed body art during the Solar Celebration Event. Kim Thomas of Millington-based Kim’s Fun Faces provided kids like 10-yearold Isabella D’Andrea of Lapeer with air-brushed body art during the Solar Celebration Event. Nicholas Pugliese



Lapeer’s Ryker and Ryver Anderson showed off their new goldenrods, sunglasses and body art collected during the Saturday event. Lapeer’s Ryker and Ryver Anderson showed off their new goldenrods, sunglasses and body art collected during the Saturday event.

Pontiac-based magician and performer The Big Icky entertained children with juggling and bubble tricks at the solar array. Pontiac-based magician and performer The Big Icky entertained children with juggling and bubble tricks at the solar array.

The acoustic duo of Dean & Green entertained attendees during the Solar Celebration Event on Saturday. The acoustic duo of Dean & Green entertained attendees during the Solar Celebration Event on Saturday.

Volunteers Jerry and Laurie Buginsky of Shelby Township handed out cookies provided by Lapeer’s Cakes by Kelly to visitors on Saturday. Volunteers Jerry and Laurie Buginsky of Shelby Township handed out cookies provided by Lapeer’s Cakes by Kelly to visitors on Saturday.

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