Hydroelectric, Renewables

Duke Energy to build solar power plant near Purdue University

Duke Energy is building a 1.6-MW solar power plant in the Discovery Park District near Purdue University.

Duke Energy will lease about 10 acres south of the Purdue Technology Center Aerospace building from the Purdue Research Foundation. Duke Energy will build and operate the new ground-mount solar power plant, to be named the Tippecanoe County Solar Power Plant.

The solar power plant will generate enough electricity annually to power about 240 average homes with carbon-free energy. The plant will have about 7,000 solar panels and is expected to provide energy for more than 30 years. The new solar power plant will be constructed this summer and is expected to start providing power in late 2019.

In addition, Duke Energy is investing in battery storage technology in Indiana in the town of Nabb and at Camp Atterbury, which also includes 2 MW of solar power. The company is also funding $1.5 million in research at the Battery Innovation Center at the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center to study how battery storage can maximize renewable power sources.

Duke Energy Indiana, a unit of Duke Energy, provides about 6,600 MW of owned electric capacity to about 840,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area.