Public Affairs / October 19, 2013

New Solar Farm Is Indy's Largest

Jill Sheridan
New Solar Farm Is Indy's Largest

Indianapolis’ largest solar project is now up and running.  The 75-acre project called IND Solar Farm will generate enough energy to power 1,800 homes a year.  The public-private partnership demonstrates a commitment to increasing the city’s sustainability. 

The new facility on the grounds of the Indianapolis International Airport has more than 44,000 solar photovoltaic panels.  Airports are becoming a popular place for solar farms because of the open space and unobstructed terrain.  Telamon Corporation President and CEO Albert Chen says the power will stay in Central Indiana. 

"All the electricity will be sold to IPL,"  he said.

Chen says the company became involved because of strong ties to Asia where the alternative energy source is used commonly.  

The solar farm is also the largest for a U.S. airport to date.