Airport Solar Farm Finished

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Indianapolis International Airport says it is now operating the world's largest airport-based solar farm. The 86-acre farm has more than 32,000 panels.

December 22, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The IND Solar Farm project partners are pleased to announce that the second phase expansion of the IND Solar Farm at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is now fully operational.

The 7.5MW AC, 86-acre solar farm is comprised of 32,100 sun-tracking panels, which will annually produce more than 15.2 million kilowatt hours of electric energy, enough to power more than 1,410 average American homes for a year. Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) purchases the power produced by the solar farm, which is then distributed to its residential and commercial customers.

"The Indianapolis Airport Authority is extremely proud to be a partner in this initiative. The IND Solar Farm is a symbol of sustainability and new economic development for Central Indiana. Not only has it become a part of the IND landscape – it now also helps drive significant revenue for the economy that once was just unused land," said Michael Wells, president of the IAA board of directors.

"The airport could not be more thrilled to have the largest airport-based solar farm right here in our growing city of Indianapolis," said Mario Rodriguez, executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. "The Solar Farm not only enhances our environmentally-friendly and energy efficient terminal campus but also played a huge role in our recent recognition of being named one of America’s greenest airports."

"IND is now home to over 76,000 photovoltaic solar panels producing renewable energy to Indiana customers. It is an iconic structure that symbolizes how renewable energy in this country is affordable and reliable," said Kurt Schneider, Vice President of Johnson Melloh Solutions (JMS). "JMS is proud of the teamwork displayed by IND and IPL that made this green project such a great success. Our hope is that many visitors from other states and countries fly into IND and realize after passing the solar farm, that Indiana is both a great place to live and a progressive community for thriving new businesses."

"With Phase I of the IND Solar Farm being commissioned in October 2013, Telamon is once again honored to be a part of this project that has doubled in size in just one year," said Albert Chen, CEO & President of Telamon Corporation. "The solar farm continues to showcase how all entities involved are committed to promoting the importance of sustainability in Indianapolis."

For more information on the IND Solar Farm, visit www.indsolarfarm.com.

ABOUT INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT AUTHORITY

The Indianapolis Airport Authority owns and operates Indiana’s largest airport system. In addition to the Indianapolis International Airport, its facilities include the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport, Indianapolis Regional Airport, and Metropolitan Airport. IND has received numerous prestigious awards recognizing it as a leader within its class, including best airport in North America in 2010, 2012, and 2013 in Airports Council International’s annual Airport Service Quality awards. IND is the first airport in the U.S. to win LEED® certification for an entire terminal campus, and the airport has won additional recognition for excellent customer service, concessions programs, and art and architecture.

IND generates an annual economic impact in Central Indiana of more than $4.5 billion, without relying on state or local taxes to fund its operations. About 10,000 people work at the airport each day. IND serves more than 7 million business and leisure travelers each year, and averages 135 daily flights to 38 nonstop destinations. Home of the world's second-largest FedEx Express operation and the nation’s eighth-largest cargo facility, IND is committed to becoming the airport system of choice for both passenger and cargo service. For more information, visit IND’s Facebook page at Indianapolis International Airport and Twitter page at @INDairport.

ABOUT TELAMON CORPORATION

Telamon Corporation’s goal is to simplify business. Telamon specializes in solutions for telecommunication networks, business transaction processing, energy efficiency, industrial assembly, and telehealth services. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Telamon operates in ten locations - eight domestic and two international. Telamon, the Greek word for “support”, is uniquely positioned as a minority owned company. Telamon continuously exceeds customer expectations and standards and has been recognized globally through numerous awards and certifications. For more information, please visit Telamon’s website at www.telamon.com

ABOUT JOHNSON MELLOH SOLUTIONS

Formed in response to the growing need of an energy services company that can self-perform, Johnson Melloh Solutions focuses on energy conservation services and general contracting for customer classes, ranging from residential renewable energy offerings to energy savings contracting for school systems to large scale industrial energy plant management and service. JMS develops a holistic evaluation of their customers’ energy infrastructure and then has the wherewithal to implement the ideas. JMS stands ready to address all of the energy demands their clients may face. For more information, please visit www.johnsonmellohsolutions.com.

Source: Indianapolis International Airport