Indiana utility to build 900MW solar projects by 2023

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Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has announced plans to build 900MW of solar projects in Indiana by 2023, as it aims to be coal-free by 2028.

The solar projects, which will power 270,000 homes in the state, are part of NIPSCO’s customer-centric “Your Energy, Your Future” plan.

For the projects, NIPSCO has finalized three build transfer agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources.

The projects include Dunns Bridge I, Dunns Bridge II and Cavalry Solar Energy Centers, which will be constructed by NextEra Energy Resources.

While Dunns Bridge I and Dunns Bridge II will be located in Jasper County, the third project will be built in White County.

Construction on the Indiana solar projects is expected to begin in 2022.

Once construction is complete, which is expected in 2022 and 2023, NIPSCO will enter into joint ventures to own, and operate and maintain some facets of the projects.

NIPSCO president Mike Hooper said: “Renewable technology continues to advance, and we are proud to be working with NextEra Energy Resources on the Dunns Bridge and Cavalry solar projects as we continue to implement our ‘Your Energy, Your Future’ plan.”

The three Indiana-based solar projects were chosen in a Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitation launched by NIPSCO.

Profiles of the three solar projects

NIPSCO is set to make request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for the addition of the new solar projects to its supply portfolio.

To be located in Jasper County, Dunns Bridge Solar I will have a generating capacity of 265MW, with an estimated 900,000 solar panels.

Expected to come online in 2022, the project will be able to generate enough energy to power 79,500 homes.

With 435MW of solar paired with 75MW of battery storage, Dunns Bridge Solar II will also be located in Jasper County.

Featuring an estimated 1,500,000 solar panels, the solar project is expected to be operational in 2023.

Over the life of the projects, Dunns Bridge Solar I & II are estimate to result in approximately $59m in additional tax revenue for Jasper County.

To be located in White County, the Cavalry Solar project will have 200MW of solar with 60MW of battery storage.

Once operational in late 2023, it will able to produce enough energy to power 60,000 homes.