New cooperative solar site underway on I-74
Soon, a new one (1) megawatt solar site will harvest the power of the sun along Interstate 74 just east of Greensburg for the benefit of cooperative consumers in southeastern Indiana.
The six-acre photovoltaic solar array, located on 16 acres in Washington Township off Barachel Lane just east of the I-74 Greensburg interchange, is part of a larger effort by Decatur County and Southeastern REMC’s power supplier, Hoosier Energy, to add renewable energy options to the power supply for Decatur County REMC and Southeastern REMC member consumers.
Construction of the highly visible array began on April 17 and is expected to be completed in 90 days. The solar array completes Hoosier Energy’s 10-site program. Seven of the other 1 megawatt arrays are in operation and two more are being installed this summer.
Decatur County REMC CEO Brett Abplanalp said the new solar array represents an opportunity for Decatur County REMC and Southeastern REMC to obtain information on how the latest solar technology can provide electricity for member consumers.
“Participating in a larger scale project such as this helps cooperatives learn more about solar’s potential for our communities,” he said.
Southeastern REMC General Manager Keith Matthews said the project will allow the REMCs to learn how this variable energy resource integrates onto the grid and how solar might offset the need for other more costly energy resources.
Once collected, this information will help the REMCs provide real-world advice to consumers on the operational issues, costs and benefits of solar as a renewable energy resource.
Decatur County REMC, located in Greensburg, Indiana, is a member owned electric distribution cooperative serving 6,300+ members in Bartholomew, Decatur, Franklin, Jennings, Ripley, and Rush counties. For more information about the cooperative, visit dcremc.com.
Southeastern Indiana REMC, located in Osgood, Indiana, is a member owned electric distribution cooperative serving 26,000+ members in Dearborn, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties. For more information about the cooperative, visit seiremc.com.