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Indianapolis Solar Farm Opens On Former Contaminated Site

The site used to be a 43-acre site used to be a railroad tie coating facility.

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    The solar panels are expected to generate enough energy to power 1,800 homes per year.

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    Photo: Casey Kuhn

    Company officials cut the ribbon on the Maywood Solar Farm, marking its official opening.

A chemical company today officially opened a solar farm that is located on a formerly contaminated site in Indianapolis.

Vertellus Specialities officials say it is the first utility-sized solar farm to be constructed on a Superfund site–a federally designated abandoned area where hazardous waste is located.

The 43-acre site used to be a railroad tie coating facility and lay unused for over 30 years due to contamination.

Under a long-term lease, South Korean company Hanwha has installed the solar farm on South Tibbs Avenue. Vertellus owns the land and Indianapolis Power and Light provided a grant for the solar farm’s construction.

The Maywood solar farm could generate 10.82 megawatts of solar energy or enough to power more than 1,800 Indiana residential homes each year.

Casey Kuhn and Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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