Vectren Adding New Solar Power to Production Lineup
Construction will soon get underway on a 50-megawatt solar farm in southwest Indiana operated by Evansville-based Vectren Energy. The utility says after completing the engineering phase, which began earlier this year, Missouri-based Burns & McDonnell will begin construction of the solar array in the town of Troy.
Vectren, which is a subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP), already operates with four megawatts of solar power. Combined with the new solar farm, the company says it will be able to produce enough electricity to power more than 12,000 households.
“The Troy solar farm is another important project in the continued evolution of our generation fleet as we add more renewable energy sources to our portfolio,” said Steve Greenley, senior vice president, generation development for CenterPoint Energy.
The solar array in Perry County will include approximately 150,000 solar panels, distributed across 300 acres.
The company says the panels will be on a tracking system, allowing them to follow the sun and maximizing power production
Vectren expects to be operational in 2021. The company has made a goal to reduce operational emissions by 70% by 2035.