Officials with Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. are showcasing the second of 10 solar projects throughout the state and Illinois. The 10-acre, 1-megawatt array, located just south of Bloomfield, is made up of more than 4,300 panels.
The company says the installation will provide electricity for residential and business customers in Greene, Daviess and Martin counties.
Hoosier Energy collaborated with the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC and Daviess-Martin REMC on the project. UDWI Chief Executive Officer Brian Sparks says "commitment to community is one of the seven cooperative principles that we live by every day. It means working together toward a better quality of life and sharing in the future of our communities. "It’s an honor to participate on this project with our neighboring cooperative, Daviess-Martin REMC. That’s important as we learn together how best to tap into the power of the sun to bring efficient renewable energy to our communities."
Earlier this month, Hoosier Energy dedicated the first of the projects in New Castle. The utility says the solar initiative in Indiana and southeast Illinois is part of an "all-of-the-above" energy portfolio strategy.
Hoosier Energy says each project costs $2.7 million. The next project set to be complete is in Harrison County, which could be ready before December. Two other projects, in Spencer County and Clark County, are set to get underway early next year.