The Indianapolis International Airport will be home to the largest solar farm on airport real estate in North America. A 12.5-MW solar farm will power the site using more than 41,000 solar photovoltaic panels, each capable of producing 280W at peak power production. The panels will be installed on ground-mounted racking systems that will fill nearly 75 acres of land near the airport.
Both Telamon and Johnson Melloh Solutions are responsible for the design, construction and operation of the new solar farm. The project will use 20 Solectria Renewables SGI 500XT inverters. They are scheduled to be commissioned and deployed in October.
All partners involved in this solar farm project are committed to increasing the city’s sustainability while helping to grow and diversify renewable sources of electricity to power the growth and development of Indianapolis. The renewable energy generated by the solar farm will prevent approximately 10,700 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment each year-the equivalent of removing approximately 2,000 cars from the roads. It is expected to generate more than 12.5 million kilowatt hours of electric energy annually, enough to power more than 1,200 average American homes annually.
The solar energy produced will be sold to IPL through a 15-year power purchase program and feed into the grid of existing surface transmission lines that connect the airport terminal to the IPL substation west of the airport.
Cenergy Power and Solectria Renewables worked closely to develop the best possible solution for this site. “Solectria Renewables is an extraordinary partner,” says Andrew Goldin, Senior Vice President of EPC Operations for Cenergy Power. “From the beginning of this project, their sales and service team were supportive on every level. That combined with their unprecedented inverters with 98% CEC efficiency and unbelievable reliability makes them our preferred inverter partner. With their help, we will finish this project ahead of schedule.”
“Cenergy Power’s team has widespread utility-scale solar expertise and went through an extensive process to choose their inverter supplier,” said Allison Duffy, Regional Business Development Manager for Solectria Renewables. “It is an honor to not only be chosen for this project, but to know that one of our most valued customers sees Solectria as their ‘go-to’ partner and realizes our inverters are the best option for this large utility-scale project.”