Officials to break ground on solar farm at airport Friday

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Officials will soon break ground on the largest airport solar farm in the country.

A ceremony will be held Friday at the Indianapolis International Airport to kick off construction. The government recently approved the $35 million plan.

The farm will be built right next to the cell phone lot.

Once up and running, the solar farm should supply enough energy to power more than 1,200 homes.

3 comments

  • Yellow Journalism

    So what government official approved this STUPID INVESTMENT?
    So do the math 1,200 homes x $90 per month (ave elec bill) x 12 months= $1,296,000 of annual gross revenue. Assume operating expenses and maintenance costs =0 ( which is not possible).

    Take the $35,000,000 taxpayer investment / $1,296,000= 27 years JUST TO BREAKEVEN!

    Cronyism Capitalism at work! Who is getting the contract to operate? Sell the equipment?

    Do some real journalism like Russ MCQUAID does and stop printing press releases.

    This is a complete scam!

  • ted

    Information about two more solar power plants in Marion County to be placed on rural greenfields: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DMD/Planning/Zoning/Documents/bza1/3-5-13bza1m.pdf Zoning Hearing Board on April 2 at 1pm at 2nd floor Public Assembly room in City County Building.

    2012-UV3-018 5901 West Southport Road (Approximate Address)
    (Amended) Indianapolis, Decatur Township
    CD #22, Zoned D-A
    Cont’d to 4-02-13 Sunrise Energy Ventures, LLC, by Joseph D. Calderon, requests a
    Without notice Variance of use and development standards of the Dwelling Districts
    Zoning Ordinance to provide for a photovoltaic renewable project/Solar
    Farm with a 6.5-foot tall perimeter fence topped with one-foot of security
    wire (not permitted).
    2012-UV3-019 10321 East Southport Road (Approximate Address)
    Indianapolis, Franklin Township
    Cont’d to 4-02-13 CD #25, Zoned D-A
    With notice Sunrise Energy Ventures, LLC, by Joseph D. Calderon, requests a
    Variance of use of the Dwelling Districts Zoning Ordinance to provide
    for a photovoltaic renewable project / Solar Farm (not permitted).

  • Dr Green

    The government must come up with more similar projects to reduce the dependency on regular energy. These farms area good idea specially for places which face a power crunch regularly.

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