“Solar farm to be built at Indianapolis airport”

3 local firms to build state's largest solar farm near airport The Indianapolis (IN) Star Three local companies have been selected to build a solar energy farm with 41,000 electric power-generating panels at Indianapolis International Airport, creating one of the largest airport solar farms in the country and easily the largest in the state. The Indianapolis Airport Authority announced today that ET Energy Solutions was selected from among eight companies across the country that bid on the project estimated to cost $35 million to $45 million to build. ET Solutions is a newly formed, limited liability venture of three partners, Johnson-Melloh Solutions renewable energy contractor, Schmidt Associates architects and engineers and Telamon Corp. providing computer and electronic systems. The companies said that about 85 construction jobs will be created and that 18 more will be related long-term to the operation of the array. Expected to produce about 10 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1,200 homes, the airport's solar array will be five times larger than the array on the roof of the Bean Federal Center. That array currently is the largest in Indiana. The airport solar array is expected to be operational by the middle of next year. Its power will be bought by Indianapolis Power and Light Co. and feed into the IPL grid through an existing power line on the site. The array is to be built on 60 acres near the I-70 interchange entrance into the airport's Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal building. It is land next to the highway and aligned with a runway, where other construction is not allowed. No public money is involved in development of the solar farm, according to airport officials. ET Energy Solutions will finance, design, construction and operate the solar farm and will pay the Airport Authority to lease the 60 acres for at least 30 years. Do you have an opinion about this story? Share it with other readers in our CAA Discussion Forums imailsrv and place only the following in the first line of the body of the message: Subscribe airport YourFirstName YourLastName YourJobTitle YourAirport/Company To unsubscribe from the Airport News List, send an email, from the email account you have been receiving your posts on, addressed to imailsrv 

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