Evansville-based CenterPoint Energy Indiana South is seeking approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to acquire a 130-megawatt solar array. CenterPoint says it has entered into an agreement with Chicago-based Invenergy, which will construct the project in Pike County, to acquire the array when its completed.
CenterPoint says the acquisition is part of its long-term electric generation transition plan.
The company was previously granted approval to build a solar array in Posey County, as well as power purchase agreements totaling more than 400 MWs in Warrick, Vermillion and Knox counties.
“By seeking to add another universal solar project to our renewable energy portfolio, we continue to move forward with our long-term generation transition plan and remain committed to our economic and environmental goals for the region,” said Steve Greenley, senior vice president of generation development. “If approved, with the addition of this project, CenterPoint Energy will be adding nearly 800 MWs of solar generation to power our southwestern Indiana customers.”
Construction of the solar project is expected to begin following approval from the IURC, which is expected early next year. The project will support about 130 construction jobs and is expected to be put into service in 2025.