CenterPoint Energy said Wednesday that its 50-megawatt (MW) universal solar array in eastern Spencer County was now in service and providing energy to the company's 145,000 electric customers in southwest Indiana.
The solar array is one of the largest single-site solar arrays in Indiana. It's located near Troy, Indiana, on approximately 300 acres of land. It consists of about 150,000 solar panels.
Each solar panel is mounted on a single-axis tracking system, allowing the panels to automatically rotate to follow the sun and maximize energy generation.
CenterPoint Energy says the Troy solar array, in addition to the two previously built 2-MW universal solar projects, now generate enough power to meet the needs of more than 12,000 households per year.
If you include the company's 80-MW of wind power purchased through contracts with Benton County wind farms and its 3.2-MW landfill gas facility in Pike County, it amounts to enough renewable energy to power more than 35,000 homes, or nearly 25% of the company’s residential electric customers in Indiana.
“This 50 MW project – combined with our existing 4MW of solar and future plans for additional renewables – continues to demonstrate our commitment to developing a more balanced energy mix in how we generate electricity,” said Steve Greenley, Senior Vice President of Generation Development. “We appreciate the collaboration with Burns & McDonnell design and construction teams to bring this project to fruition.”
In March of 2019, the $95 million solar project received regulatory approval. The project further supports CenterPoint Energy’s carbon reduction plan of lowering carbon emissions by 70% over 2005 levels by 2035.
CenterPoint Energy partnered with Burns & McDonnell for the engineering and construction of the solar array.
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