Progress and Doing the Right Thing
Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Well, now we are getting somewhere. The public is developing an understanding that wind and solar offer affordable energy as well as additional revenue for a myriad of local needs.
In just the last three weeks, we’ve seen great progress and success in advancing rural communities prosperity potential through solar projects across our fine state.
Wind and solar are just a part of our energy portfolio. But they are critical ones that will bring energy diversity to our state and allow many counties access to much needed economic development.
We should all give a big shout out to Pulaski, Lake, and Pike counties as they move through the stages of green lighting projects that will bring millions and millions of dollars in local tax revenue and landowner payments. They join the ranks of counties taking charge of their financial future and advancing options to expand renewable energy in Indiana.
In Pike County, with all but final approval from the IURC now granted, construction on the Ratts I Solar Project is set to begin next summer. That’s a $128 million investment in the community.
In Pulaski County, the Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved the special exception for Mammoth Solar. This project means more than $200 million in construction investment, $50 million local contracts during construction, $10 million to local vendors over the life of the project, and millions more in local tax benefits to better their community.
In Lake County, the County Council unanimously approved their new solar ordinance, paving the way for the proposed Invenergy Solar Farm, that would bring $200 million in capital investments, $40 million in property tax revenue and landowner payments of $63 million.
It’s not just these three counties that are moving forward though! Ordinance development and approval is progressing in at least a half dozen other counties, including Warren, Benton, Fountain, Vermillion, Starke, and Porter, and we will celebrate their progress over the coming weeks, not months. This is not just progress for new energy development, but rather progress towards financial strength for our rural counties.
A big part of what I love about being a Hoosier is that we almost always question, seek understanding, and generally have a track record of doing the right thing. The right thing for our families, our communities, and our future. Hoosiers for Renewables is proud to celebrate the success of these counties. It’s gratifying to know that our local leaders and communities are asking the right questions, learning the facts, and doing the right thing for their communities.
Wind and solar are just a part of our energy portfolio. But they are critical ones that will bring energy diversity to our state and allow many counties access to much needed economic development. Let’s keep it up!