Hoosier Energy adds latest solar projects to renewables portfolio

Officials from South Central Indiana REMC on Oct. 17 dedicated a new solar array on State Road 46, with the 4,100-panel tracking array on Flatwoods Road capable of generating 1 MW.

South Central Indiana REMC worked alongside Hoosier Energy, the electric cooperative’s power supplier, to identify a prime location for the array.

“As a cooperative, our focus is always local,” said Greg McKelfresh, President and CEO of South Central Indiana REMC, which serves more than 33,000 members in seven central Indiana counties.

The solar array is the sixth of 10 that Hoosier Energy is adding to its renewables portfolio as part of an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy to further the cooperative commitment of affordability, reliability and community.

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  • Officials from Clark County REMC and Jackson County REMC on Oct. 7 dedicated a new solar array. The 4,100-panel array just south of the Scottsburg interchange on Interstate 65 is capable of generating 1 MW. Clark County REMC and Jackson County REMC worked alongside Hoosier Energy to identify a prime location for the array. “As a cooperative, our focus is always local,” said David Vince, General Manager of Clark County REMC. “Thanks to this project, we are in a better position to learn together how to best tap into the power of the sun to bring renewable energy to our communities,” added Mark McKinney, General Manager of Jackson County REMC. This solar array is the fifth of 10 for Hoosier Energy.
  • Officials from Southern Indiana Power and Dubois REC dedicated a new solar array near I-64 on Oct. 5. The 4,100-panel array just north of the Dale interchange on Interstate 64 is capable of generating 1 MW. Southern Indiana Power and Dubois REC worked alongside Hoosier Energy to identify a prime location for the array. “As a cooperative, our focus is always local, so we are excited to add this renewable energy resource right in our own backyard to Hoosier Energy’s generation mix,” said Steve Seibert, President and CEO of Southern Indiana Power, which serves 7,000 members. “Thanks to this project, we are in a better position to learn together how best to tap into the power of the sun to bring renewable energy to our communities,” added Don Book, General Manager of Dubois REC, which serves 11,000 members. This solar array is the fourth of 10 for Hoosier Energy.

Another recent development is that Hoosier Energy and local officials on Oct. 1 celebrated the official start-up of the Orchard Hills Generating Station at the Orchard Hills Landfill located just south of Rockford. The new 16-MW facility adds to Hoosier Energy’s renewable energy portfolio that includes wind, solar, hydro and landfill gas.

“Orchard Hills plays an important role for renewable energy in Hoosier Energy’s future along with continued reliance on coal and natural gas,” said Rob Horton, Vice President of Power Production for Hoosier Energy, during the ribbon cutting ceremonies. “We look forward to producing a lot of renewable energy here for many years to come.”

The new facility turns landfill gas into electricity. It is powered by six 620 GE Jenbacher engines. This is Hoosier Energy’s third landfill methane generation facility. The Clark-Floyd Landfill Gas Plant in southern Indiana produces about 4 MW and the Livingston Landfill Gas facility near Pontiac, Illinois, produces 15 MW.

Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy facilities and a 1,700-mile transmission network.

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