Richmond Park’s Solar Plans get Boost from Utility

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP): A new park being built in downtown Richmond could feature a building with solar panels under a partnership between the city and a local utility.

Richmond Power & Light's board of directors has approved spending $170,000 to build the solar-paneled roof on a building in the new park. The city will be required to contribute a matching amount.

The solar panels will be installed on a building that will house a farmers' market.

The park is the furthest along of the city's Stellar Communities projects but is $600,000 over budget. City director of metropolitan development Tony Foster told the utility's board last week that there would be no building for the market unless the utility agreed to the partnership.