Indiana Municipal Power Agency and Town of Walkerton celebrate ribbon cutting of Walkerton Solar Park
WALKERTON, IN – Officials from the Town of Walkerton joined with Senator Mike Bohacek, Representative Jake Teshka, and representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) to cut the ribbon on the Walkerton Solar Park on Thursday, September 8th. Walkerton joins a growing list of IMPA member communities to have a solar park.
The Walkerton Solar Park is located on 5.37 acres of land and is comprised of 3,276 solar panels. The facility is rated at 1.0 MW-AC and will produce an annual amount of energy to power about 150 homes. Utilizing a single axis tracking system, the solar panels will move throughout the day following the path of the sun.
“We are thrilled to welcome this asset to Walkerton,” commented Phil Buckmaster, Economic Director for the town and the community’s representative on the IMPA Board of Commissioners. “The addition of this park has diversified the generation resources serving our town while providing an educational opportunity for our students, residents, and visitors. We were excited to partner with IMPA on this project and are grateful to be one of the many communities in their membership with a local solar park.”
“IMPA has taken the initiative since 2014 to develop solar parks across the state, diversifying our power portfolio and allowing us to stay on the cutting edge of nationwide trends and policy changes,” said Jack Alvey, IMPA President and CEO. “Our collaboration with Walkerton in constructing a solar park in the community not only benefits the town by keeping the investment and property taxes local, but helps all of the Agency’s member communities plan for a bright future.”
IMPA has constructed 41 solar parks throughout the state, adding over 160 MW of solar generation. Other nearby IMPA communities in which solar parks are located include Argos and Peru. IMPA is nearing completion of a solar park in Bremen, as well.
For more information about IMPA’s solar parks, visit www.impa.com/solar.
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 350,000 individuals throughout the state. For more information, visit www.IMPA.com.
- End -