Inovateus Solar has completed three solar projects for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO).
The projects, which are the utility’s first solar installations, include a ground-mount solar array at NIPSCO’s Merrillville headquarters.
A 120 kilowatt, alternating current (kWac) array with 432 solar panels will generate 216,958 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean power annually.
Another 100 kWac system with 360 panels was installed at the energy company’s LaPorte local operating office, and a similar-sized system was installed at its Valparaiso local operating office. Each of those projects will produce 181,841 kWh of solar power per year.
In total, the three installations will provide enough carbon-free power to offset the equivalent of planting over 10,000 pine trees each year they are in service.
NIPSCO recently announced plans to retire all of its remaining coal-fired electric generating stations by 2028 and replacing them with less expensive, cleaner energy.
“We’re proud of these projects for two reasons. First, many of our employees are NIPSCO customers, so they, their families, and the entire Northern Indiana community are now benefiting from NIPSCO’s transition to cleaner resources to save energy and money. Second, these are our company’s first zero-waste solar projects. Thanks to John and his team, it was a great success, and we intend to continue the practice for our customers.”Tyler Kanczuzewski, Inovateus vice president of Marketing and Sustainability.
Rather than composting the two pine trees, Inovateus replanted them outside the solar company’s offices. Kanczuzewski said the trees would become a visual and growing reminder of Inovateus’ commitment to sustainable solar development and investing in the energy future of its customers.