OGILVILLE - Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy says its plan to build 10 solar arrays throughout its service area is almost complete. The generation and transmission cooperative says it has completed two 1-megawatt arrays in southern Indiana and expects the final array to be dedicated next month.

Earlier this month, officials with Hoosier Energy and the Orange County REMC dedicated the 8th array, located on State Road 37 near Mitchell, Indiana. The 9th array, consisting of 3,900 solar panels located on I-65 just south of Columbus, was dedicated a week later by officials from the Bartholomew County REMC and Jackson County REMC.

The $25 million project was first announced in May 2015 with the first array being completed about four months later. Hoosier Energy says the goal of the solar program is to continue to provide customers an "all of the above" energy strategy which includes coal, natural gas and renewables.

The 10th and final solar array is being constructed near the Greensburg interchange on I-74. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for October 5.