Airport considers adding solar farm

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP/WANE) — Fort Wayne International Airport officials are looking into adding a solar farm that would cover up to 75 acres.

Airport Executive Director Scott Hinderman told NewsChannel 15 a Carmel-based Telamon Corp. will determine whether Allen County receives enough sunlight to make the project feasible.

“The airport is very interested in renewable energy and taking care of the environment,” said Hinderman.

The Fort Wayne Airport Development Committee must sign off on the project. Hinderman said the committee should have a decision by next month.

The project would require Federal Aviation Administration approval. A 75-acre solar energy farm that was a joint venture between Telamon and Johnson-Melloh Solutions was completed at Indianapolis International Airport in October. Telamon paid out $40 million for that project.

Company spokeswoman Alexa Amatulli says the Fort Wayne facility would feed electricity into the existing power grid. In Indianapolis, the power is fed to Indianapolis Power and Light Co.

Once approved from the Fort Wayne Airport Development Committee, Telamon will have to work out a deal with Indiana Michigan Power to use the solar energy on its grid.

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