I&M announces solar power plans

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Indiana Michigan Power plans to build five solar generation facilities to add another emissions free source of producing electricity. The utility currently also uses nuclear power, wind and hydro.

The Clean Energy Solar Pilot Project as it’s called would generate enough electricity to power more than 2,500 homes for a year if approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

Facilities are tentatively planned for the Muncie-Marion area, the South Bend area and in Michigan, but locations for all five facilities have yet to be finalized according to a news release issued by I&M.

“I&M constantly looks at emerging technologies and our customers’ evolving needs, and now is the right time to move forward with solar power,” said Paul Chodak III, President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Michigan Power.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2016, with completion expected in
in late 2016.

I&M is also seeking approval from state regulators to give customers the option ofshowing further support for solar power by subscribing to receive 50 kilowatt hour blocks of Solar Renewable Energy Credits through the new Green Power Program.

The estimated cost of the project is $38 million. If approved by the IURC, the project would result in a minimal impact on customer rates of less than 1 percent.

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