AEP's I&M Utility Reaches Commercial Operation at 1st Solar Facility

 AEP's I&M Utility Reaches Commercial Operation at 1st Solar Facility

American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is generating electricity at its first solar project.

Deer Creek Solar Facility reached commercial operation Dec. 31.  The 2.5-MW project is expected to supply enough electricity for the equivalent of 350 homes a year.

“This is a significant milestone for Indiana Michigan Power and our customers,” said Paul Chodak III, I&M president and CEO.  “Our large-scale solar facility in Marion and the three I&M is building in the Michiana area in the coming year are an important achievement now, and they collectively mark an important first step into a future that includes more renewable solar energy for I&M customers.”

Last fall, I&M broke ground on the Twin Branch solar project just outside Mishawaka.

Facilities near Watervliet, Michigan and New Carlisle, Indiana will also begin generating electricity in 2016.

The four I&M facilities will have a combined capacity of nearly 15 MW and produce enough power for the equivalent of 2,000 homes annually.

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