2 utility-scale solar projects start construction in northern Indiana
Government owned company in Northern Indiana (NIPSCO) has begun construction on two large-scale solar projects that are expected to come online in 2022.
“Breaking ground on our first two solar projects is a critical next step in the evolution of our ‘Your Energy, Your Future’ power generation transition plan,” said Mike Hooper, president of NIPSCO. “We are proud to invest in our state and local economies with these two Indiana projects designed to generate cheaper, renewable energy.”
Dunns Bridge Solar I is a 265 MW facility in Jasper County. a subsidiary of Next Era Energy Resources builds the project. Dunns Bridge Solar I will contain an estimated 900,000 solar panels that can produce enough energy to power 79,500 homes.
The second phase of the project, Dunns Bridge Solar II, which will also be built by NextEra Energy Resources, will have 435 MW of solar power combined with 75 MW of battery storage. Dunns Bridge Solar II will contain an estimated 1,500,000 solar panels and is expected to be operational in 2023.
NextEra Energy Resources will sell both completed projects to NIPSCO.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with NextEra Energy Resources and NIPSCO to deliver one of the largest solar investments in the nation, right here in Jasper County, Indiana,” said Stephen Eastridge, director of economic development. of Jasper County. “Dunns Bridge Solar will provide Jasper County with a sustainable future by injecting much-needed tax base and jobs, both construction and permanent, into our local economy.”
The second project, Indiana Crossroads Solar, is a 200 MW solar farm in White County. EDP Renewables North America (EDPR) develops and builds the project. The solar park will be a joint venture between NIPSCO and EDPR.
Indiana Crossroads Solar will pay more than $1 million each year to landowners and more than $40 million in local government payments over the life of the project. The project will also support hundreds of jobs during the construction of the solar farm and several full-time, permanent jobs to maintain and operate the project.
“Indiana Crossroads Solar Park is the fourth project that EDPR NA and NIPSCO have collaborated on, and we are excited to expand our partnership with NIPSCO and our presence in Hoosier State,” said Miguel Prado, CEO of EDPR NA. “White County has long embraced renewable energy projects and the addition of the Indiana Crossroads Solar Park will bring even more economic and environmental benefits to the local community.”
NIPSCO plans to be 100% coal-free by 2028 by phasing out coal-fired generation and adding a combination of cleaner energy sources to its existing portfolio, including wind, natural gas and hydroelectric power plants.
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