government set to open Indiana solar project

The federal government is preparing to commence operations on six acres of solar panels atop an office building that will be one of Indiana's largest solar power projects.

On April 29, an array of 6,152 solar panels on the roof of the Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in Lawrence, Ind., is expected to begin generating more than 2 MW of electricity an hour.

The project is being paid for by $35 million in federal stimulus funding. The General Services Administration (GSA) estimates that the project will save about $475,000 a year, or 20 percent, on the Bean Center's utility bills.

Indianapolis Power & Light was responsible for the construction of the solar project.

The GSA owns the 1950s-era office building at a former U.S. Army base on Indianapolis' northeast side, where workers process the payroll for the U.S. military services and other defense finance and accounting units.

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