Indianapolis Airport Plans Utility-Scale Solar Farm

The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) says it has selected ET Energy Solutions LLC to develop a solar farm on Indianapolis International Airport property. The company is a joint venture (JV) among three locally based firms that bid on the project: Johnson-Melloh Solutions, Schmidt Associates and Telamon Corp. Telamon, a Minority Business Enterprise, is 50% owner of the JV.

Under the terms of the agreement, ET Energy Solutions will finance, design, construct, and operate the facility on land leased from the IAA. The local group will work in conjunction with SANYO Electric Group, which will provide panels for the project and assist with arranging financing.

Design and utility interconnection studies are already under way, and, weather permitting, construction could begin as early as the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the IAA. The solar farm is expected to become operational starting in mid-2012.

The facility will include more than 41,000 solar panels, installed on ground-mounted racking systems that will fill nearly 60 acres of land. The project is expected to annually produce more than 15 GWh of energy. Electricity will be fed directly into the grid operated by the Indianapolis Power and Light Co. through existing surface transmission lines that connect the airport terminal to the IPL substation west of the airport.

No public funds or airport costs are anticipated to be involved in the project, the IAA adds.

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