INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two new solar farms are being planned in Indiana, including a second large one on the grounds of Indianapolis International Airport.
For the airport project, a developer will lease about 76 acres along the airport's main entrance road off Interstate 70 for about 37,500 panels. An electric utility is planning a smaller solar farm near the northern Indiana city of Peru.
The airport project is estimated to cost between $20 million and $25 million, Indy Airport Solar Partners president Kurt Schneider told The Indianapolis Business Journal. The company runs the 44,000-panel solar farm that was completed at the airport last year.
Work already is underway to prepare the site, and it could be completed by the end of this year, Schneider said. The developer has an agreement to sell the electricity to Indianapolis Power & Light Co.
"What makes this one unique is that the panels will be able to track the sun," Schneider said. "It will increase production by 15 percent."
The combined farms there likely will make up the largest airport-based solar field in the country, and will generate enough energy to power about 3,150 homes a year, Schneider said.
The Indiana Municipal Power Association, meanwhile, is planning its fourth solar farm in the state, with the new one set for near the Miami County city of Peru with almost 3,900 panels. This week, the Miami County Council approved a 10-year property tax abatement on the project, which is expected to start producing electricity by next summer, the Kokomo Tribune reported.
Indiana Municipal is the wholesale power provider for 59 Indiana communities and also operates solar farms in Richmond, Rensselaer and Frankton.
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