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Ford Announces Switch to Michigan-Sourced Renewable Energy through DTE Collaboration

February 22nd, 2019

Borgman Ford is pleased to share that Ford and DTE Energy have teamed up in an effort to make Ford’s operations even more sustainable. Through DTE’s MIGreenPower program, Ford is on-track to switch the Flat Rock Assembly Plant and other Ford facilities to 100% Michigan-sourced renewable energy by January 2021. Ford has been making investments in renewables for some time, with solar panels already in use at a number of their facilities and significantly reducing their water usage company-wide.

This latest energy decision will add wind turbines to the list, with Ford being the first automaker to announce they’re taking advantage of DTE’s new program. Borgman Ford applauds Ford’s commitment to sustainability, as these efforts drastically reduce pollutants and help preserve West Michigan’s and our Great Lakes’ natural beauty for generations to come.

A recent article from the Official Ford Media Center tells more about the new collaboration between Ford and DTE Energy, and we’ve included some excerpts below:

Ford Motor Company To Procure Locally Sourced Michigan Wind Energy Through Collaboration With DTE Energy

Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn Truck Plant, home of the Ford F-150 and Ford Raptor, Michigan Assembly Plant, home of the new 2019 Ford Ranger, and several new buildings on the Ford Research and Engineering Campus and Corktown campus, including Michigan Central Station, will soon be powered by 100 percent locally sourced renewable energy. This is in addition to the 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel system already in place at Michigan Assembly.

This collaboration is part of a commitment by Ford to a substantial renewable energy procurement through DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program, supporting the company’s Southeast Michigan portfolio and providing 500,000 megawatt hours of locally sourced Michigan wind energy.

“Ford supports the implementation of renewable energy where the project can be tied to the customer’s facility, either directly or through the local distribution utility, and we believe that supports local jobs, improves the local environment and adds resiliency to the local grid,” said George Andraos, Ford Global Director of Energy and Technology. “This project is a great investment for the State of Michigan and will have direct impact on our state.”

You can keep reading the article here, or visit to learn more about Ford’s sustainability performance, data and reporting.

Test Drive an Eco-Consciuous New Ford at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids, MI

Ford has been doubling-down on fuel-efficiency in recent years, which is something Borgman celebrates as it has lasting impacts on Grand Rapids, West Michigan, and the planet. Across the entire Ford Lineup, technologies both within the vehicle and used in their construction help to reduce emissions, conserve water, and cut down on waste in landfills.

If you’re considering a Ford Vehicle to promote a sustainable future, visit Borgman’s showroom in Grand Rapids and test drive a New Car, Truck or SUV today. Our sales staff will be more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs and your budget, and will answer any questions you may have. Read more about our Fair Trade Deals, our Day Trader Program, and our Red Coat Traditions then stop by to see why we’re the Best in the West!


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