Indiana is seeing strong continued momentum in renewable energy in 2023. This year phase I of the United States’ largest solar farm, Mammoth Solar in northwest Indiana, comes online and phase II is slated for completion in 2024. This is an exciting project for Indiana that has worked to engage the community and local officials to ensure they are a welcome member of the community.
Also, the 152-megawatt Bellflower Solar project recently commenced operation in east central Indiana. The project is estimated to offset 202,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, and the development has included planting of 800 acres of vegetation under and around the solar panels with native species beneficial to pollinators and other wildlife. Bellflower is included in a research study by the University of Illinois, the Argonne National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to measure the ecological benefits of pollinator habitats at utility-scale solar farms.
Meanwhile the Indiana General Assembly recently finished up a packed session, passing multiple bills related to energy and the future of land use and energy generation in Indiana. We are actively tracking how these changes will affect you at the local level. While Indiana is already a leader in renewable energy, encouraging broader, proactive local policy development will enable Indiana communities to remain at the forefront.
The Center for Infrastructure and Economic Development stands ready to assist these communities with balanced policy development so they can capitalize on the local economic impacts that can come from renewable energy projects in their communities. Please reach out to me or our Policy Advisor, Connie Neininger, to learn more about how we can assist.