Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) customers and developers plan to add more than 30 new solar generation systems to IPL’s service territory under agreements filed by IPL with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for approval. These new projects would increase the total solar power under contract by IPL to nearly 100 megawatts. Among the proposed projects, IPL, SunWize Energy and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week announced plans for a 9.6 MW solar farm just northeast of the track.
Other proposed projects range from as small as a pair of 20 kilowatt projects at Maple Creek Village Apartments on the Near Westside to as large as two 10 MW (each) arrays at the Indianapolis International Airport. If all the projects are completed, IPL will likely rank 1st in the central region for solar generation.
“Solar generation is an important part of IPL’s commitment to developing renewable generating resources,” said Ken Zagzebski, IPL’s President and CEO. “We have increased our renewable resources portfolio, ranking 8th in the U.S.in available wind-capacity on a per customer basis, and we look forward to this possible significant increase in solar generation.”
In addition to IPL’s renewable generation portfolio, if all of these projects are completed as planned, they are projected to bring $300 million of direct investment to the Indianapolis area.
IPL customers already own or host 2.1 MW of solar generation through projects completed with 8 commercial and industrial customers in its service territory. These projects, as well as the proposed new projects are all part of IPL’s three-year Rate Renewable Energy Production pilot program, which is now closed to new participants.