Solar power

Indiana utility proposes 5 solar facilities in 2 states

July 9, 2014
Indiana Michigan Power is proposing the facilities in the Muncie-Marion area in eastern Indiana, around South Bend in northern Indiana and in Michigan.
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Largest solar farm on Superfund site goes online

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest solar farm built on a federal Superfund site is now generating power in Indianapolis on property once tainted by a long-closed plant's wood-treating operations.
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Hamilton County considering solar energy for public buildings

March 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Hamilton County might soon join the growing ranks of large utility users looking to hedge against rising prices by producing some of their own power.
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Industry group says Indiana added 960 solar jobs

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
Tuesday's annual report by The Solar Foundation said Indiana saw a 178-percent increase in solar-industry jobs from 2012 to 2013.
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Duke Energy Indiana seeks solar power proposals

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
Duke Energy Indiana is taking proposals for solar power projects called for under a settlement the utility reached last year with consumer groups.
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Dominion puts area solar-power projects into service

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
Dominion Resources Inc. said Monday that the three projects near Indianapolis are capable of providing enough electricity for up to 7,200 homes. Dominion acquired the projects in July from Sunrise Energy Ventures.
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Central Indiana city moves closer to solar park approval

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
The proposed 4,000-solar panel solar park would cover eight acres in Frankton, about 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis and be surrounded by a fence.
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Solar farm completed at Indianapolis airport

October 18, 2013
Associated Press
The project's private developers are leasing the land from the airport and selling the electricity generated from the 44,000 panels to Indianapolis Power & Light Co.
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Central Indiana city yanks support from solar-panel maker

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
Columbus is shutting off some of its financial assistance to a solar panel manufacturer because the company hasn't hired enough workers.
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Dominion buys solar power projects near Indianapolis

July 22, 2013
Associated Press
The seller, Minnesota-based Sunrise Energy Ventures, 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.
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Developer plans solar farms on 286 acres in southern Marion County

April 2, 2013
Dan Human
A Minnesota firm with a 15-year contract with IPL wants to install solar panels and power stations on two different sites as part of a $50 million-plus project.
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IPL boosts renewables portfolio with more solarRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Farm planned for northeast of Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to sun/wind capabilities.
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Airport could land second solar-energy farm

November 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is in talks that could lead to a second solar farm at Indianapolis International Airport. Discussions are taking place even as the initial solar farm has yet to get off the ground.
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Lawmakers question Abound loan, citing quality issues

October 11, 2012
Bloomberg News
House Republicans want more information about a $400 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department to Abound Solar Inc., citing reports that significant “technological difficulties” with the company’s solar panels were known before the aid was approved.
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IPL agrees to buy solar power from Sunrise Energy VenturesRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
The Minnesota-based firm plans to generate the power at three, 10-megawatt sites in IPL's service territory.
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Abound failure raises questions anew about Obama policies

June 29, 2012
Bloomberg News
The failure of a second solar manufacturer that received loan guarantees from the U.S. Energy Department adds to pressure on President Barack Obama to justify incentives for the clean-energy industry that’s being undercut by Chinese competition.
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Abound Solar set to close doors, file for bankruptcy

June 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Abound Solar Inc., a Colorado-based solar manufacturer that once hoped to hire 1,200 people in Indiana by the end of 2013, will close its doors and file for bankruptcy.
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Companies seek solar-panel lease contracts from city

May 14, 2012
Scott Olson
The City-County Council is set to hear a proposal by two companies to lease space on city-owned rooftops and sell electricity generated by solar panels installed in those spots.
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Abound Solar chief declines to testify before House panel

May 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The CEO of a company that once said it planned to create up to 1,200 jobs north of Indianapolis has declined to testify before a U.S. House panel investigating the federal clean-energy program.
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Indianapolis expects savings from sweeping energy projectRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Marc D. Allan
The city is guaranteed $7.5 million in savings over 15 years from a $18 million upgrade of city facilities, and the savings are expected to accumulate further.
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Purdue gets grant to develop cheaper solar cell

March 11, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue University researchers are working to increase the efficiency of a new solar cell that they say could become a significant player in energy production.
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Abound Solar halts production, cuts 180 jobs

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
A Colorado-based solar module maker that hoped to create up to 1,200 jobs in Indiana by next year said Tuesday that it was laying off about 180 workers in Colorado as the company focuses on a more efficient product.
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Columbus manufacturer to begin solar panel productionRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Nusun Solar says an endorsement by Underwriter's Laboratories should lead to mass production of its commercial and residential panels.
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Zeroing in on net-zero energy in IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The Holy Grail of energy efficiency has yet to arrive, but pieces are falling into place.
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Abound Solar undeterred by rivals' bankruptcies

September 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Abound officials are quick to reassure that the company is on track with its original business plan, which calls for adding a huge amount of manufacturing capacity in Tipton in 2012 or 2013 and hiring 900 to 1,200 people.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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