Porter County officials say they’re ready to welcome solar farms into their communities and rural areas.
Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the county’s board of commissioners has approved changes to zoning and redevelopment regulations which clear the way for large solar operations.
The publication says several companies have expressed interest in establishing solar farms in the county.
Five years ago, the county amended its development ordinance to allow for wind farms, said Robert Thompson, director of the Department of Development & Storm Water Management.
“Now, with the adoption of the solar farm ordinance, we have a path for those wanting to propose renewable energy systems in the county,” Thompson said.
The ordinance also creates standards for small systems for personal energy consumption, typically for residential properties.
A few years ago, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. issued a request for proposals, which sparked interest in development of solar farms, Thompson said. The county doesn’t have any pending applications but is now ready for them.
Last week, Inside INdiana Business reported on the completion of NIPSCO’S first solar project, located at the company headquarters in Merrillville.
Another array of solar panels was installed at the utility’s office in LaPorte.