Gas City celebrates second solar park
Indiana Municipal Power Agency and Gas City cut the ribbon for new 1.8 megawatt facility
GAS CITY, IN – Officials from Gas City joined with representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) to cut the ribbon on Gas City’s second solar park on Thursday, April 6th. Mayor Bill Rock, city employees, and community representatives were on hand with personnel from IMPA to celebrate the addition of the renewable energy source in the community.
The Gas City 2 Solar Park is located on 12.7 acres of land and is comprised of 4920 solar panels. The facility is rated at 1.8 MW-AC and will produce an annual amount of energy to power about 320 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 another solar park to Gas City,” commented Mayor Bill Rock. “We were excited at the opportunity to partner once again with IMPA and further diversify the generation resources serving our community. The park not only provides an educational opportunity for our students, residents, and visitors, but showcases the community’s commitment to sustainable energy, which can bolster our economic development initiatives. We are grateful to be one of just a few communities to have two IMPA solar parks.”
“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,” said Jack Alvey, IMPA President and CEO. “Diversifying our power portfolio allows IMPA to stay on the cutting edge of trends and policy changes while maintaining a reliable portfolio to serve our members. Our collaboration with Gas City in constructing another solar park in the community not only benefits the City 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 44 solar parks throughout the state, adding over 173 MW of solar generation. Other nearby IMPA communities in which solar parks are located include Anderson, Frankton, and Peru.
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.