By Editors of Power Engineering
Indiana Michigan Power marked the official activation of the 4.6-MW Watervilet Solar Power plant.
The facility, just east of Watervlet, Michigan is now the fourth plant to be established by I&M over the last year.
The other three solar plants include Deer Creek south of Marion, Indiana, Olive east of New Carlisle, Ohio and Twin Branch near Mishawaka, Indiana. The four have a combined capacity of 15 MW.
I&M’s solar projects were built under a pilot project to diversify its generational mix and evaluate the performance of different types of panels located in different geographic areas of its service territory. Electric Power Research Institute has partnered with I&M on the projects to measure the performants of the plants and study how the power is connected to the electric grid.
In addition to the solar portfolio, I&M buys power from three wind facilities. Company officials say they plan to add more solar power plants and wind energy in the future.