Indy Residents Oppose Planned $50M Solar Farm

Indy Residents Oppose Planned $50M Solar Farm
Created by kblakeslee on 4/3/2013 11:55:25 AM


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ 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.
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