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New solar farm in Richmond begins generating power

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A utility says its latest solar farm in eastern Indiana has started generating electricity.

Indiana Municipal Power Agency said the 8-acre solar farm on the grounds of Richmond Power and Light contains about 4,000 solar panels. They will generate one megawatt of electricity at peak capacity, or enough electricity to power about 200 homes.

Indiana Municipal says the Richmond solar farm utilizes a horizontal tracking system for the panels that enables them to move, tracking the sun throughout the day. It said construction began earlier this year and was completed this month. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday.

Indiana Municipal also operates solar farms in Rensselaer and Frankton. The not-for-profit wholesale power provider serves 59 Indiana communities.

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  • Read more Lee
    Maintenance cost is virtually zero, they are hail resistant, and the carbon costs are easily recovered. I don't know where exactly these things are located, but I do know we have a lot of surface area in this State that could be used for solar power, and not just heating up the structure underneath it.
  • clarification needed
    Previous articles have mentioned 4,000 panels producing 1 megawatt is enough to power 1,000. http://www.ibj.com/central-indiana-city-moves-closer-to-solar-park-approval/PARAMS/article/44474
  • 4000 solar panels
    I think this is a waster of time and monay, 4000 solar panels, 200 homes, 20 panels per home. The maintenance on these will overrule the benefit and the carbon footprint of building them, maintaining them, etc. Also, the fact that in our climate, not useful when overcast, snowing, raining, etc. Thecost of maintenance of these panels will be significant not to mention the cost of cleaning them, fixing them and how ling until they fail, replacing them. What if a hail storm occurs and destroys all of them. As with any renewable energy it really is not renewable, but has an initial large carbon footprint to manufacture, to maintain, and replace. Also, given the amount of land consumed, what is theeffect on climate given the absorption of heat, heat zone created, loss of valuable land for farming or other purposes. The production of solar panels consumes a lot of energy and natural resources, and the factories that create them have large carbon footprints.

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