Dominion puts area solar-power projects into service

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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