Recognizing a need for affordable renewable energy, DTE Energy initiates one of the largest photovoltaic installations in the world.

Recently unveiled in Pleasanton, Calif., the largest commercial rooftop solar-power project in North and South America is the result of a public/private sector partnership focused on cost-effective technologies to achieve environmental goals. The Pleasanton PowerPark by INTERGY LLC received unanimous approval from city leaders, who cited the environmental benefits of renewable energy and locational benefits of in-city energy generation to reinforce the local electric utility grid as key factors in their decision.

Edison Development Corp., a subsidiary of Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. (diversified energy company), will lead the partnership to energize three 30,000-sq-ft industrial buildings with solar power. The $2.7 million project will install 340 kW of solar energy in the first phase.

Napa, Calif-based INTERGY is developing a unique energy infrastructure . The development is designed as a distributed energy resource—an alternative to centralized power plants. It incorporates a blend of various generation, reliability, power quality, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to provide value-added benefits to occupants at lower-than-grid prices for cleaner-than-grid power. Design work and construction began this fall, and building occupancy is expected late this year or early 2000.