SPICELAND, IN – The Town of Spiceland and the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) celebrated the addition of two assets to the community on Wednesday: the Spiceland Solar Park and the IMPA Services Building. Members of the Spiceland Town Council and community personnel joined with Raj Rao, President and CEO of the town's wholesale power supplier, to cut the ribbon memorializing the commencement of operations at the new facilities.
“IMPA’s ongoing commitment to providing a low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible power supply to our 61 communities is a top priority for the Agency,” commented Raj Rao, IMPA President and CEO. "Spiceland provided us with the perfect opportunity to not only expand our diverse power portfolio by constructing a solar park in town, but to also construct a centralized location for our dedicated services, enabling our crews to more efficiently serve our members. We are certain that the solar park and services building will have a lasting impact on the community.”
“We were excited to be part of this effort,” commented Jeff Lane, Superintendent of Spiceland Municipal Utilities. “Through the development of this solar park, we have increased diversity in our generation resources and provided an educational opportunity for residents and visitors alike to learn more about renewable energy. We are also happy to be home to the IMPA Services Building. The IMPA dedicated services crews that will work out of the building provide unparalleled service to Spiceland as well as several other municipal electric communities in the state."
The Spiceland Solar Park is located on 7 acres of land and is comprised of 1,983 solar panels. The facility is rated at 0.53 MW and will produce an annual amount of energy to power about 75 homes. Other IMPA communities in which solar parks have been built include Anderson, Argos, Bainbridge, Crawfordsville, Flora, Frankton, Huntingburg, Pendleton, Peru, Rensselaer, Richmond, Tell City, Washington and Waynetown.
The 6,400-square-foot IMPA Services Building will enable IMPA to efficiently offer a variety of dedicated services to municipal electric communities in the area. The Agency’s dedicated services include system engineering and planning, maintenance, emergency and storm restoration as well as vegetation trimming. Spiceland is one of several IMPA member communities participating in these services.
The Indiana Municipal Power Agency is the not-for-profit wholesale power provider to 61 cities and towns in Indiana and Ohio who own and operate the municipal electric distribution systems in their communities. IMPA member communities deliver electric service to approximately 330,000 individuals throughout the state. For more information, visit www.IMPA.com.