TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Tuesday evening, Vigo County council members voted on and passed a 7-year tax abatement for solar farms.
In April, Casino owner Greg Gibson announced teaming up with Duke Energy Renewable Solar LLC, with the goal of bringing Hoosier Jack Solar to the community. Project developer for the solar farm, Tyler Coon noted the project is “consistent with the goals of the Vigo County Comprehensive Plan.”
Coon noted that the solar farm, to be located on 1,500 acres of land near E. Co Road 1200 N. would be developed on former strip mine land. 900 acres of the farm is planned in Vigo County with another 600 acres in Sullivan County.
The project would not only increase local tax revenue, Coon noted, but would also provide an economic boost during the 12 to 18 month construction period by bringing in hundreds of jobs and creating additional business for local hotels, restaurants and stores.
The plan is to start construction in 2023 with operations to begin by mid-2024.