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Ford, Detroit Edison, and Xtreme Power Team for Wayne, Michigan Solar Project

Ford, Detroit Edison, and Xtreme power are partnering to build one of Michigan's largest solar power generation systems and electric vehicle charging stations at Ford's assembly plant in Wayne.

Ford and Detroit Edison will install a 500-kilowatt photovoltaic panel system at the plant. It will provide enough energy to supply power to about 100 homes annually. That renewable energy will help support the production of Ford's new model Focus and its hybrid vehicles. The plant will save an estimated $160,000 in energy costs each year.

Xtreme Power, based in Austin, Texas, will supply on-site energy storage and power management.

The project is part of Detroit Edison's SolarCurrents program to install photovoltaic systems on customer properties. The SolarCurrents program is investing $3 million in the project. The Michigan Public Service Commission has extended an additional $2 million grant, and Ford will contribute approximately $800,000.

"Our partnership with Ford is just the latest example of how our companies have worked together to power the economic engine of Southeast Michigan," said Trevor Lauer, Detroit Edison vice president of marketing and renewables. "Building solar energy systems on the scale we're pursuing will increase demand for these technologies, and we're working with the governor's office and various economic development organizations to attract renewable energy manufacturers and green jobs to Michigan."

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