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Solar farms in Indiana

Nov 18, 2021
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The biggest solar farm in the U.S. is being built right here in Indiana.

Today we hear from people behind the project, as well as Hoosiers who have used solar energy for their farms, to learn about what impact solar power can have on the environment.

Produced by Mariam Sobh.

Guests:

Nick Cohen
President/CEO/Co-Founder, Doral LLC

Darrell Boggess
Retired Engineer, Solarize Indiana

Pete Lenzen
Retired Engineer, Farmer and Volunteer with SIREN

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Governor Eric Holcomb and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Gilad Erdan were both in attendance at a groundbreaking ceremony for a massive solar project Thursday.

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Jennifer Weingart

The Elkhart County Commissioners voted Monday to deny the needed zoning changes for a proposed solar farm project. That’s after the county council unanimously approved the project’s economic development agreement Saturday.

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The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners have decided to put off a decision about a planned solar farm in Elkhart County until September or October. During the Aug. 16 meeting, the board voted unanimously to table the proposal for now while they weigh arguments in favor of and against the project.

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State and local leaders unveiled the 210-acre St. Joseph Solar Farm in Granger on Thursday.

Indiana Michigan Power broke ground on the farm in July 2020, and construction wrapped up this past March.

The farm is I&M's largest, with 30 football fields’ worth of solar panels. Company officials say that's enough to power more than 2,700 homes a year. 

 

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St. Joseph County was recently recognized for being “solar-friendly” and for protecting pollinator habitats in its development projects. The county received the SolSmart Gold designation for meeting national benchmarks to encourage the growth of solar energy. 

SolSmart helps local governments meet those national benchmarks by streamlining zoning approvals and reviewing planning and zoning guidelines. St. Joseph County was recognized for having efficient permitting and zoning processes and training staff on solar energy codes, among other things.

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One of the challenges for solar companies that want to invest in Indiana is different counties charge different tax rates. A new bill would provide some guidelines.The issue is some counties have been charging solar farms very low property taxes — and others very high taxes in an attempt to keep solar farms out of their communities. Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is the bill’s author.

Muncie To Buy Former GM Factory Land To Build Solar Farm

Jan 26, 2021
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The city of Muncie is buying the former GM factory property on the city’s Southside.  Officials want to turn it into a solar panel farm to generate power.

The former General Motors factory was closed in 2006 and the property has sat largely vacant since the buildings were demolished. Muncie will purchase 53 acres from the trust that owns the land. Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour says solar panels will be added to generate more than 24 million kWh of energy.

I&M To Build Large Solar Farm In St. Joeseph County

Feb 21, 2020
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Indiana Michigan Power got approval Thursday to build a large solar farm in St. Joseph County.

The solar farm is expected to generate enough power for 2,700 homes per year. I&M officials said this will be the fifth and largest solar facility they operate.

The Indianapolis International Airport will soon be home to the largest airport-based solar farm in the world, with the addition of panels that track the sun.