Indiana Public Service Company is announcing that it will bring an
additional 900 megawatts (MW) to Indiana with the Dunns Bridge I, Dunns
Bridge II, and Cavalry solar centers.
According to a
statement released today, NIPSCO has finalized three build-transfer
agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, the world's
largest generator of renewable wind and solar energy and a leader in energy
storage. Construction on the solar projects is expected to begin in 2022 and
the centers to be operational in 2022 and 2023.
NextEra Energy will
construct the projects and NIPSCO will enter into joint ventures to own,
operate, and maintain some facets of these assets once construction is
“The addition of
these three solar projects and associated battery storage is an investment
in the future of Indiana and the future of NIPSCO, as we deliver on our
promise of bringing safe, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers,”
NIPSCO President Mike Hooper said. ‘Renewable technology continues to
advance, and we are proud to be working with NextEra Energy Resources on the
Dunns Bridge and Cavalry solar projects as we continue to implement our
'Your Energy, Your Future' plan.”
“The investment in
this new generation will bring economic benefits to the State of Indiana,
including both construction and long-term operating and maintenance jobs,
along with enhancing the county tax base,” NIPSCO said.
The three solar
projects were selected through a Request for Proposal solicitation which
NIPSCO ran as part of its “Your Energy, Your Future” generation transition,
announced in its 2018 Integrated Resource Plan. The company plans to be
coal-free by 2028 by adding a combination of cleaner energy products to its
existing portfolio, which includes natural gas and hydroelectric generation.
“This generation transition helps deliver a more affordable, reliable, and
sustainable energy mix for NIPSCO customers for years to come, saving
customers $4 billion over the long term,” NIPSCO said.
previously announced five other renewable projects, which include a
combination of joint-venture and purchased-power agreements. Two of the wind
projects are near completion, including the Jordan Creek Wind Energy Center,
a subsidiary of NextEra Energy. NIPSCO will purchase power directly from
Jordan Creek Wind.
Dunns Bridge I and
II and Cavalry project profiles:
-- Dunns Bridge I:
265 MW center located in Jasper County, with an estimated 900,000 solar
panels capable of powering 79,500 homes.
-- Dunns Bridge II:
435 MW center also located in Jasper County, with an estimated 1.5 million
solar panels capable of powering 130,500 homes.
-- Cavalry: 200 MW
center located in White County, with an estimated 650,000 solar panels
capable of powering 60,000 homes.
announcing additional renewable projects later this year.