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Dominion puts area solar-power projects into service

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Energy provider Dominion Resources Inc. has placed three solar-power generation projects in Indiana into service.

The Richmond, Va.-based company said Monday that the projects near Indianapolis are capable of providing enough electricity for up to 7,200 homes.

The projects have 15-year power-purchase agreements with Indianapolis Power and Light Co.

Dominion acquired the projects in July from Sunrise Energy Ventures. It is the third solar generation facility the company has placed into service this year.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Sunrise put a price tag of more than $50 million on the projects earlier this year when it sought zoning approvals and government funds to help develop them.

The three projects are known as Indy Solar I, Indy Solar II and Indy Solar III. Two of the projects are located 155 acres southeast of Indianapolis in Franklin Township. The third, located southwest of Indianapolis in Decatur Township, was sited on 134 acres.

Engineering and construction firm AMEC built the three facilities.

Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy and serves retail customers in 15 states.

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    wouldn't this make more sense to place these on top of large warehouses or on old brownfield sights instead of unused farmland?

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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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