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Solar farm completed at Indianapolis airport

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 Officials have marked the completion of a solar energy farm that covers nearly 75 acres at Indianapolis International Airport.

The ceremony was held Friday at the site next to the Interstate 70 exit to the airport's passenger terminal.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the project was a sign of the city taking a national leadership role in promoting alternative energy.

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.

IPL President Kelly Huntington said the airport solar farm will help the utility reach its goal of having wind and solar sources make up 10 percent of its electricity by 2017.

Additional land at the airport also could become a solar farm.

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  • More solar
    We can definitely use more solar panels. They offset the carbon emissions (not to mention sulfur and others) from Indiana's old dirty coal plants. I do wish they used more rooftops, as they provide better return and don't cover green surfaces.
  • Ballard's Banana Republic
    Ballard or one of his minions will get an Executive level job ? Indianapolis is ran like a Banana Republic! THE JUICE should have been consumed by the IAA and excess capacity sold off to IPL with the Credit Memo going to the City General Fund. Give a service contract to a Third party for maintenance. This is Dejavu the PARKING METER SCAM!
  • WWWW
    Who, What, When, and Where. I recall learning that in my early education. (that was back in the day when newspapers had journalists writing news stories). Who is the developer? What is the cost per acre for the 75? When was this deal made? What backroom was used?
  • Really?
    Let me understand this deal. -The airport makes profit. -The developer makes a profit. -IP&L makes a profit -Rate payers make pay more for electricity. Which one is not like the others?

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