Indiana Michigan Power Flips Switch On 2.6 MW Solar Plant

Posted by Joseph Bebon on August 19, 2016 No Comments
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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power, is now generating energy at its first Michiana-area solar power plant, doubling the company’s solar capacity.

The Twin Branch Solar Power Plant went online following a thorough testing and commissioning process. The facility is generating up to 2.6 MW of electricity, and its generation is expected to power the equivalent of about 365 homes annually.

“I&M is very proud to enhance the South Bend area with yet another form of carbon-emission free energy,” says Paul Chodak III, president and chief operating officer of I&M. “Adding energy from the Twin Branch Solar plant to our area distribution system is another step toward boosting I&M’s use of renewables.”

IM-1 Indiana Michigan Power Flips Switch On 2.6 MW Solar Plant

 

The Twin Branch plant is located just east of Mishawaka, in an industrial area north of the AM General factory. The project is the second of four I&M planned solar plants to go online. The 2.5 MW Deer Creek plant just outside of Marion, Ind., entered operations in 2015. Construction is ongoing at two additional Michiana solar plants – located near New Carlisle, Ind., and Watervliet, Mich. – that will begin generating solar energy later this year. Combined, the four solar plants will have a capacity of nearly 15 MW and produce enough energy to power 2,000 homes annually, according to I&M.

The four plants are part of I&M’s Clean Energy Solar Pilot Project.

“We know our customers want more renewable energy, and this pilot project will be a strong foundation as we plan more large-scale solar power plants,” explains Chodak.

In addition to solar, I&M’s generation portfolio also includes nuclear, hydro, coal and, through power purchase agreements, wind. The company says about 60% of the energy it generated in 2015 came from non-carbon-emitting sources.

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