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.