Northern Indiana Public Service Co. LLC (NIPSCO) announced on Wednesday that it intends to develop an additional 900 megawatts of solar power and battery storage in Indiana, as part of its long-term generation strategy, Kallanish Energy reports.
NIPSCO has finalized three build transfer agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from wind and solar and a leader in energy storage.
The solar projects are expected to begin construction in 2022 and be operational in 2022-2023.
They are known as Dunns Bridge I, Dunns Bridge II and Cavalry Solar Energy Centers.
The Dunns Bridge projects are in Jasper County and the Cavalry project is in White County.
The 265-megawatt Dunns Bridge I will include 900,000 solar panels.
The Dunns Bridge II will have 435 megawatts of solar power with 1.5 million solar panels and will be paired with 75 megawatts of solar storage.
The Cavalry project will have 200 megawatts of solar power and 60 megawatts of battery storage.
NextEra Resources will construct the facilities and NIPSCO will enter into joint ventures to own and operate and maintain the facilities once completed.
The three facilities would produce enough electricity to power 270,000 homes.
“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 safe, reliable and affordable energy to our customers,” said NIPSCO president Mike Hooper in a statement.
His company had previously announced five renewable projects in Indiana.
NIPSCO is a subsidiary of NiSource Inc.
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