The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. continued its transition away from coal with new agreements that will power about 270,00 Indiana homes.
NIPSCO announced it finalized three build transfer agreements with NextEra Energy Resources LLC to own, operate and maintain parts of three solar projects in Jasper County and White County once they are built in 2022 and 2023.
The projects will bring 900 more megawatts of electricity to Indiana, replacing the power produced from the company’s retired and retiring coal-fired power plants.
“The addition of these three solar projects and associated battery storage is an investment in the future of Indiana and the future of NIPSCO, as we deliver on our promise of bringing sage, reliable and affordable energy to our customers,” said NIPSCO president Mike Hooper.
The proposed 900,000-solar panel Dunns Bridge Solar I project will be built in Jasper County. The site is expected to be operational by 2022 and will be capable of producing 265 megawatts of electricity, or enough electricity to power 79,500 homes.
A second project in Jasper County, Dunns Bridge Solar II, will bring 435 megawatts of power along with 75 megawatts of battery storage. The 1.5 million-solar panel project will make enough energy to power 130,500 homes by 2023.
A third project in White County will bring 200 megawatts of power and 60 megawatts of battery storage. The 650,000-solar panel project will be operational by 2023 and will produce enough energy to power 60,000 homes.
The projects are expected to generate about $59 million in tax revenue for Jasper County and $25 million for White County.
The new projects are part of NIPSCO’s goal of becoming coal-free by 2028. The company has announced five other renewable energy projects in Indiana.