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 enough electricity to power about 200 homes.
Indiana Michigan Power is proposing the facilities in the Muncie-Marion area in eastern Indiana, around South Bend in northern Indiana and in Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
Columbus is shutting off some of its financial assistance to a solar panel manufacturer because the company hasn't hired enough workers.
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.
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.
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.
The Minnesota-based firm plans to generate the power at three, 10-megawatt sites in IPL’s service territory.
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.
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.