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Sixth grade students from Southridge Middle School gathered in between the extending rows of nearly 7,900 solar panels as they heard presentations from officials with the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and the City of Huntingburg Monday afternoon on just over 11 acres of land on West Phoenix Drive.

20161003_133520The purpose of having local students take part in yesterday’s ribbon cutting ceremony was to educate the youth on the useful elements solar parks serve their community.

IMPA President and CEO, Raj Rao, was among those on hand and spoke yesterday. He highlighted the agency’s dedication to be a low-cost and environmentally friendly source of energy.

20161003_132334Rao noted that it’s significant to have each community’s electricity coming from their own through solar parks and allowing property taxes to go back to those communities.

Rao says they truly appreciate the students being present to see the solar park and that the solar facility is expected to last 50 to 60 years with the next generation in mind. He hopes those students feel a sense of ownership as this facility is now in their community to provide efficient renewable energy.
The construction in Huntingburg was completed last month in a fixed-tilt design with an output capacity of 2.0 megawatts. IMPA officials say currently there are 11 solar parks throughout Indiana including Huntingburg that generate a total of 19 Megawatts of electricity and will be adding 5.25 Megawatts of electricity from 3 other parks this year that are under construction. IMPA aims to expand the company’s portfolio in the future with more solar parks and takes pride in keeping development and construction in house.

20161003_132357Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner notes that Huntingburg Energy Superintendent John Reutepohler is part of the board that helps make the decision that drive the organization on behalf of the city.
Reutepohler has been involved with the process from the beginning and will continue to manage the site with IMPA’s assistance. Spinner also elaborates on the park’s value for all members of the community and their families and says it serves as an educational tool for the youth…

 


Spinner says he sees this innovative action from Huntingburg as another milestone into the cities economic development.20161003_140144

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