Ford Bets Big on Clean Energy

August 10, 2022

Solar Farm under construction in Michigan, 2019

Ford Motor Company:

  • Through its MIGreenPower program, DTE to add 650 megawatts of new solar energy in Michigan for Ford, increasing the total amount of installed solar in Michigan by nearly 70%
  • By 2025, every Ford vehicle manufactured in Michigan will be assembled with the equivalent of 100% carbon-free electricity, 10 years earlier than Ford’s global goal
  • Ford’s purchase of carbon-free electricity will avoid as much as 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually
  • While advancing Ford’s progress towards carbon neutrality, the purchase will also create jobs and tax revenue in Michigan

DETROIT, August 10, 2022 — Through a new clean energy agreement with DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), Ford Motor Company will soon be able to attribute all its electricity supply in Michigan to clean energy, a major step toward Ford’s goal to reach carbon neutrality. As part of the new agreement announced today, DTE will add 650 megawatts of new solar energy capacity in Michigan for Ford by 2025. The purchase is a strategic investment in Michigan through DTE’s MIGreenPower program and is the largest renewable energy purchase ever made in the U.S. from a utility.* According to data collected by the Solar Energy Industries Association, once installed, the arrays will increase the total amount of installed solar energy in Michigan by nearly 70%. 

“This unprecedented agreement is all about a greener and brighter future for Ford and for Michigan,” said Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “Today is an example of what it looks like to lead… to turn talk into action.”

Since 2009, DTE’s investments in renewable energy have created more than 4,000 Michigan jobs. DTE estimates that the construction of the solar arrays will create 250 temporary jobs and 10 permanent jobs. Local communities that host DTE’s renewable energy projects also benefit from the additional tax revenue these projects generate. This revenue can be used for community support services including roads, schools, libraries and first responders.

“We want to congratulate Ford Motor Company for its environmental leadership and commitment to clean energy,” said Jerry Norcia, chairman and CEO, DTE Energy. “Ford was the first large industrial customer to enroll in our MIGreenPower program in 2019 and we thank Ford for its continued commitment to using MIGreenPower to help decarbonize its operations and meet its sustainability goals.”


One Response to “Ford Bets Big on Clean Energy”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Does Ford manufacture any of those large ICE pickups or SUVs in Michigan?

    It seems we have the chip shortage to thank for the minor dampening of truck sales Ford had last year:

    Ford’s car sales fell by 65% last year; truck sales fell by more than 8%, but SUV sales grew by 10.4% in 2021. Ford is getting out of nearly all of its car sales. The Mustang will be its only car sold in the U.S.

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