Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 3, 2013

Indy residents oppose planned $50M solar farm


The Associated Press

Indianapolis — A sprawling solar farm planned for Indianapolis is facing opposition for nearby residents who say its solar arrays will create irritating glints of reflected sunlight.

Minnetonka, Minn.-based Sunrise Energy received approval Tuesday from local planning officials to develop a 130-acre site and adjacent 156-acre plot in southwestern Marion County.

But the Indianapolis Business Journal and WTHR report nearby residents who attended that meeting told the board they strongly oppose the $50 million project.

Homeowner Ted Dobracki tells WTHR he worries the glare of sunlight reflecting off of the solar panels will hurt the area's property values. He says the project "will be lousy."

Sunrise Energy plans to install solar panels and power stations to generate electricity for Indianapolis Power & Light Co. as part of a 15-year contract.