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.