Middletown Celebrates Solar Park


Middletown Celebrates Solar Park
Indiana Municipal Power Agency and Middletown cut the ribbon for new 1.35 megawatt facility.

MIDDLETOWN, IN – Officials from Middletown joined with representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) to cut the ribbon on the Middletown Solar Park on Friday, October 20th. Community representatives, State Representative Cory Criswell, the office of US Senator Mike Braun, and students from Shenandoah Middle School were on hand to celebrate the addition of the renewable energy source in the community.

The Middletown Solar Park is located on 10 acres of land and is comprised of 3,888 solar panels. The facility is rated at 1.35 MW-AC and will produce an annual amount of energy to power about 238 homes. Utilizing a single axis tracking system, the solar panels will move throughout the day following the path of the sun.

“Just one year ago, we held a groundbreaking ceremony for this renewable energy project. Today, we celebrate its completion,” commented Ron Koons, IMPA Commissioner for the Town of Middletown. “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’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 Middletown 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 48 solar parks throughout the state, adding over 190 MW of solar generation. Other nearby IMPA communities in which solar parks are located include Anderson, Frankton, and Pendleton. IMPA is nearing completion of its 50th solar park in nearby Knightstown. 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.