(UKTN DETROIT) – Bedrock, Detroit’s largest real estate developer, announced its partnership with DTE Energy to continue its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
The agreement includes Bedrock’s acquisition of approximately 22,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy produced in Michigan through DTE Energy’s voluntary MIGreenPower renewable energy program.
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“As the city’s largest real estate operator, we believe it is imperative for us to take the lead in modernizing our properties as we seek to reduce our overall carbon footprint,” said John Guardiola, vice Senior President, Engineering and Sustainability at Bedrock.
Guardiola said: “This partnership with DTE allows us to effectively extend our renewable energy strategy by providing access to new and sustainable energy sources.”
Bedrock says that from 2023, around 22 million kWh of its total energy use will be allocated to DTE solar farms. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset about 15,500 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The infographic below shows a visual of what this carbon dioxide offset is equivalent to.
“We are delighted to welcome Bedrock to the rapidly growing list of large Michigan companies using our MIGreenPower program to achieve their sustainability goals,” said Trevor Lauer, president of DTE’s power company.
Lauer continued and said, “As Michigan’s leading renewable energy producer, we are committed to increasing wind and solar production, which reduces carbon emissions and helps fight climate change. Membership in MIGreenPower accelerates the development of renewable energy produced in Michigan, and we appreciate the strong support Bedrock and others have shown by joining this program.
In addition to this commitment from MIGreenPower, Bedrock says they will also improve sustainability metrics during the Book Tower renovation and Hudson site development, which is pursuing full LEED certification.
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MIGreenPower’s commitment also extends to Bedrock’s mission to power its downtown properties with sustainable energy. One of the ways that Bedrock has supported this goal is by installing solar panels and lighting panels at 1500 and 1528 Woodward. This provides approximately 5,800 kWh of sustainable energy for each of these properties.
Bedrock CEO Kofi Bonner said: “Committing to a sustainable future is our moral imperative. Not only is this the right thing for us to do, but it represents a significant opportunity for Bedrock to be a leader in the sustainable efforts to come. “
“Our commitment to go green will not only reduce greenhouse gases regionally, but also better support our local community, benefit our tenants and improve our ability to attract quality tenants. She said.
As part of its sustainability strategy, Bedrock will announce other green initiatives throughout the year. These initiatives will focus on the themes of waste, mobility, water and energy.
For more information on Bedrock’s MIGreenPower commitment, visit www.migreenpower.com.
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