Indiana Michigan Power now generating enough solar energy to power 1,400 homes

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is now generating solar energy at three of the company’s four solar power plants.

I&M’s Oliver Solar Power Plant, located in New Carlisle, is now generating up to 5 megawatts of energy as of September 1. The plant covers 40 acres, includes 57,500 solar panels and will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 700 homes annually, according to a press release.

The Olive plant joins the 2.6 megawatt Twin Branch plant, east of Mishawaka, which went online in mid-August and the 2.5 megawatt Deer Creek plant outside Marion, which went online in late 2015, according to a press release.

Combined, the three plants are generating energy equivalent to power more than 1,400 homes annually, according to a press release.

“I&M’s move into solar power generation has been smooth and relatively quick, with completion of the three solar generating plants coming less than 19 months after the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved our proposal for solar,” I&M President and CEO Paul Chodak III said in a press release.

I&M’s fourth plant is located in Watervliet, Michigan and will be generating energy later this year.

According to a press release, about 60 percent of the energy generated by I&M came from non-carbon-emitting sources.

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