Renewable Energy

Solar panel maker must prove low production cost

July 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company says it will hire 900 to 1,200 people in Indiana, but first, it must focus on successfully scaling up its existing facility in Colorado.
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Solar firm investing $500M in unused Getrag plant; 850 jobs planned

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Colorado-based Abound Solar will get federal help taking over the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo, creating as many as 850 jobs in the next three years and establishing what it says will be the largest such facility in the United States.
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IPL mulling hydroelectric power on Ohio RiverRestricted Content

June 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Expecting to be burned by greenhouse gas legislation that will make electricity generated from coal costly, Indianapolis Power & Light is studying whether to buy power from two hydroelectric projects proposed for the Ohio River, near Evansville.
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Tipton County OKs $13M bond to help sell Getrag plant

May 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Tipton County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved $13 million in incentives intended to help land a solar power firm interested in buying the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo.
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Tipton County Council to vote on Getrag site incentive

May 18, 2010
The $13 million bond would be used to lower the price of the abandoned plant to help lure a company that is considering manufacturing solar panels at the site.
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Indiana has millions to pass out for renewable energy projects

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The federal money is for renewable energy systems, energy-efficiency improvements, energy audits and renewable-energy feasibility studies.
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Franklin College students turn fry grease into fuel

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Franklin College freshmen Jimmy Qualters and Drew Royalty took the idea to the college’s “Green Team” and sought out the used fryer oil in the college cafeteria.
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Ivy Tech gets $4.7M energy grant to retrain 1,500 workers

April 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Federal money will help create programs at community college and Purdue University to offer skills in smart-grid technologies.
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Net metering bill short-circuited in legislature

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bill would have allowed businesses, universities and other organizations generating their own power to receive a retail credit on their utility bills.
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Timber industry seeks respect, profit from 'green' standards

March 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Why should bamboo imported from Asia or steel made through intensive use of energy be consider greener than locally grown trees? timber interests ask.
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PANEL: Progress is being made on environmental issues in state

March 6, 2010
New Watch Video iconExperts say Indianapolis is moving forward on recycling, that environmental research is discovering promising technologies, and that manufacturers are finding new things to make. Local cognoscenti from the green community testify to these developments in five included videos.
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Renewable power focus of utility reform in 2010 LegislatureRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Hoosier Environmental Council and Citizens Action Coalition see an expansion of the state’s “net metering” policy as achievable during the short legislative session that starts Jan. 5.
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Advisory panel urges EPA to back plan to pay for green projects via property taxRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By issuing “voluntary environmental improvement bonds,”, local and state governments could create special taxing districts that finance homeowner purchases of everything from solar panels to rain gardens.
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Indianapolis Sustainability Awards will honor green projects

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Deadline for nominations is Dec. 15 for projects in the categories of air, energy, land, water and “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
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EPA: IPL electric plant upgrades were deficientRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light faces potential fines and capital expenditures after allegedly updating three generating plants over 23 years without adding the most modern pollution controls.
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Denison light-replacement project shows expanding base of green vendors in regionRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis parking garage operator Denison shuns sexy LED lighting for Fishers supplier’s induction lights.
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Horizon Wind Energy opens its first Indiana wind farm

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At full tilt, the units of Meadow Lake I Wind Farm in Brookston can generate about 200 megawatts, enough to power 60,000 average size homes in a year.
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Sestertii Solar leasing panels to make solar power more affordableRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The electricity they generate may be free, but most home- and business-owners can’t justify the upfront cost of solar panels. A price tag of $25,000 to $50,000 for a modest system puts the cost close to luxury car territory.
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Tour highlights alternative energy in central Indiana

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An event stretching from Noblesville to Bargersville might be the best opportunity ever to check out wind- and solar-energy projects in one afternoon.
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Poll shows IBJ Daily readers keenly interested in the environment

September 12, 2009
Marc D. Allan
A solid majority of subscribers to IBJ Daily believes climate change is a serious problem, thinks carbon emissions should be regulated, and wants Indianapolis to pursue mass transit on a broad scale, according to a poll conducted in July by IBJ.
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Results of 'green' poll of IBJ Daily subscribers

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Detailed results of a July poll of IBJ Daily readers on their sentiment on environmental issues.
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Indiana's $132M energy-conservation plan OK'd

August 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indiana will use nearly $132 million in federal stimulus funding to help more than 30,000 low-income households weatherize their homes and obtain more efficient appliances.
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Contractors, manufacturers hope clean-energy incentives, mandates lead to more businessRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus funds and greenhouse-gas legislation have the potential to spark a green version of the Gold Rush. Many Indiana firms are retooling to sell products or services that are or might soon be in demand.
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Energy act will hurt Indiana's economy

August 3, 2009
A deeply concerning piece of legislation has just recently slipped through the [U.S.] House of Representatives. Although the American Clean Energy and Security Act has an appealing name and is created to improve our environment, in actuality, its passing through the Senate will cause dire problems for Hoosiers.
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General Assembly, governor bypass green reformsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Indiana environmental advocates had lots of disappointments this year regarding government reform efforts.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

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  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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