Chicago Company Plans 1,800-Acre Indiana Solar Farm

Indiana Public Media | September 16, 2019

A renewable energy company is aiming to start construction later this year on a solar farm over about 1,800 acres in rural western Indiana. Chicago-based Invenergy Solar Development says it wants to start construction work by the end of this year. The proposal calls for nearly 580,000 solar panels on what is mostly farmland near the Sullivan County community of Fairbanks, some 20 miles south of Terre Haute. The company says it has long-term property leases for the solar farm and believes it could be generating electricity by the end of 2023. Invenergy has told the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission it will be selling the power it generates to electric utilities. The (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star reports the project will need the approval of federal agencies to move forward.

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