Duke Energy has announced plans for a $3.5 million project to build a 1.6-megawatt solar power plant in Discovery Park District near Purdue University. Purdue says the utility will lease about 10 acres south of the Purdue Technology Center Aerospace building for the Tippecanoe County Solar Power Plant.
Duke says the solar power plant will produce enough electricity to power about 240 average homes with carbon-free energy. The plant will have 7,000 solar panels and is expected to provide energy for more than 30 years.
“Sustainability has been one of four global advancements Purdue University has been celebrating this year while marking the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding, so this is an optimum time to add a solar facility at the Discovery Park District,” said Jeremy Slater, director of the Discovery Park District in a news release. “It’s another key step toward sustainability as we continue to develop the district.”
The plant is expected to begin providing power near the end of the year, following construction this summer.