Car manufacturer Stellantis is to power 70 of its facilities in Michigan entirely with solar energy by 2026 through a partnership with DTE Energy, the state’s largest producer of renewable energy.
The partnership is a part of Stellantis’s goal to achieve “carbon net zero globally” by 2038 and comes at a time when businesses are under pressure to cut their emissions.
As such, the deal will help reduce the automaker’s carbon emissions in North America by half and across its manufacturing facilities by 30% by 2026.
The clean energy commitment is the second largest renewable energy purchase ever made in the US from a utility and will avoid more than 670,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
“While this day and this historic agreement are about clean and efficient power, I’d like to suggest that today is also about the power of partnerships in this new era of sustainable mobility,” said Mark Stewart, COO, Stellantis North America.
“Our success — indeed our survival — will depend more and more on how completely we embrace the values of collaboration and partnership as strategic imperatives that help us achieve breakthrough business outcomes.”
DTE’s so-called MIGreenPower programme is among the largest voluntary renewable energy programs in the US. To date, the company has more than 800 businesses enrolled in the program, along with more than 75,000 residential customers.
On an annual basis, MIGreenPower customers have enrolled 4 million megawatt hours of clean energy in the program, which has the environmental benefit equivalent to avoiding more than 3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
“We want to thank Stellantis for being a great partner, for joining MIGreenPower and for supporting the development of new solar energy projects here in Michigan,” said Jerry Norcia, chairman and CEO, DTE Energy.
“Investments like this accelerate our state’s transition to clean energy, create jobs and strengthen our state’s economy. Adding 400 megawatts of new solar for Stellantis will result in a cleaner environment for Michigan families, communities and businesses, and create hundreds of jobs during project construction.”
Earlier this year, Ford Motor also signed a pact with DTE to source solar power for the carmaker’s operations.