Hendricks Power Cooperative and Solential Energy announced the development of a 7 MW AC solar array in Hendricks County. The C&B Graham Solar Energy Project, named for the local family providing 60 acres of land for the project, is the largest solar array developed by Hendricks Power and the largest for a rural electric membership cooperative (REMC) in Indiana.
Hendricks Power selected Carmel, Indiana-based Solential Energy as its solar development partner based on its reputation for successfully partnering with REMCs on solar projects across the Midwest. Marking another major milestone, this is Solential’s largest utility-scale solar installation in its 13-year history. Some 19,225 solar PV panels will be installed on the rural site in Tilden. Site work is underway. The array will be commissioned and generate solar power by mid-2023.
Hendricks Power CEO Greg Ternet said, “We are committed to sustainability and reducing our environmental footprint through this clean and pollution-free energy source. While our power supplier continues to increase its renewable portfolio, we are proud to take on this solar initiative independently. Adding a renewable resource to our system at a cost comparable to our wholesale power supplier shows that we are environmentally and cost conscientious. We are also proud to work in tandem with our local partners and look forward to expanding upon this platform to allow member-owner participation.”
Hendricks County businessman and farmer Andy Lynch has been a member of Hendricks Power’s board of directors since 1998 and serves as the board’s president. “This announcement will be well received by the 35,000 residential, commercial, and industrial members across our county who are experiencing the stress of rising energy prices. Many have expressed interest in renewable energy and will welcome the fact that our county will soon generate clean solar to power local homes, farms, and businesses. Ultimately, our priority is keeping energy affordable and sustainable,” he says.