The Indianapolis Airport Authority is moving forward with a joint venture to create what has the potential to be North America’s largest solar farm. IAA spokesperson Carlo Bertolini says the 60-acre farm is in the planning stages now.
“It’s part of our land use overall strategy,” he said, “in which we are trying to look at ways to develop airport land that is not directly tied to the core aviation functions in ways that make the most sense and are compatible with surrounding communities.”
There are a number of local companies involved. They will finance the construction, operate the solar panels and then sell the energy to the city.
The panels are part of a larger effort to create what Bertolini calls the ‘Aerotropolis’ or airport city. There’s already a nature park and Bertolini hopes to eventually add a gas station and a health care center.