The Indianapolis Airport Authority selected a joint venture group between two locally owned companies, Johnson Melloh Solutions and Telamon, to develop a second 10 MW solar farm on Indianapolis International Airport property.
Bulldog Energy Airport, LLC and Indy Airport Solar Project II LLC will co-develop the solar farm located directly west of the phase 1 solar farm currently under construction.
Under the terms of the agreement, Bulldog Energy Airport LLC and Indy Airport Solar Project II, LLC will finance, design, construct and operate the facility on land leased from the IAA.
Design and utility interconnection studies are already approved, and construction could begin as early as the third quarter of 2013. Combined phase I and phase II projects will exceed 20 MW.
The phase 2 solar farm is expected to produce more than 15 million kWh of electricity annually, or enough power for 1,200 average American homes for one year. This is comparable to preventing about 10,700 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment each year, which is the equivalent of removing about 2,000 cars from the road. To help raise awareness of solar energy, real-time output data will be available to the public.
Electricity generated by the airport solar farm will be fed directly into the grid operated by the Indianapolis Power and Light Co. (IPL) through existing surface transmission lines that connect the airport terminal to the IPL substation west of the airport. No public funds or airport costs are anticipated to be involved in the project.