Vigo, Sullivan solar farm to help improve environment

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As more technological advances are created, Duke Energy Renewables is working to bring the largest solar farm of it’s size to the area.

The Sullivan and Vigo County line could be the site of a new 1,500 acre solar farm. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett believes this new farm will help the county in more ways than one.

“It has the potential of serving 35,000 homes a year. Just out of this one field. You just look at all the positives,” said Mayor Bennett. “There really are no negatives so I’m excited about it just because of the investment, the construction jobs. There’ll be 200 constructions jobs for a period of time. All those things bode well for our community.”

Constructions to this solar farm is set to being in 2023 will be a 12 to 18 month process, with an expected completion in 2024.

“We’re trying to be a more carbon free energy company as a lot of other one’s are,” said district manager for Duke Energy, Rick Burger. “Our sustainability we are striving to increase that number more in the renewables. Be dependable and reliable for our customers.”

Mayor Bennett says for Duke Energy Renewables to take a direct step in making things better for the environment is a win-win situation for everyone.

“It just gives us another tool in the tool box here to sale our community to that economic development world so our local Terre Haute EDC, the Indiana Department of Economic Development,” said Mayor Bennett. “There’s thousands of acres still to be developed there. They’re generating energy right on the property.”

Burger also says once construction is complete, this may be an opportunity for local college and high school students to take trips to better understand solar energy and observe how things work.

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