IBJ.com: Indianapolis Airport could land second solar-energy farm; What’s the status of first solar farm? Status IPL FIT? November 26, 2012Posted by Laura Arnold in Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL), IPL Rate REP.
Tags: ET Energy Solutions, IBJ reporter Chris O/Malley, Indianapolis Airport Authority solar proposal, Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL), Kurt Schneider-VP Johnson-Melloh Solutions
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Dear IndianaDG Readers:
It is likely that many people missed this story by the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Although Chris O’Malley does not spell it out, this is all about proposed projects using the Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) Rate REP or voluntary feed-in tariff (VFIT).
There has been considerable speculation that there is both a second and third possible solar farm at the Indianapolis Airport. Many of you have already shared with me the rumors you have heard about who might be involved and where. I can’t or won’t share those rumors here on this blog right now.
There is also considerable speculation and rumor about what is causing the delay in breaking ground to begin construction of the first solar energy farm at the Indianapolis airport. I will be writing more about the status of the IPL Rate REP program shortly.
I will share with you the rumors I have heard if you tell me the rumors you have heard. Deal? Contact me via Laura.Arnold@IndianaDG.net or call (317) 635-1701.
Laura Ann Arnold
Original article: Airport could land second solar-energy farm | 2012-11-21 | Indianapolis Business Journal | IBJ.com.
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is in talks that could lead to a second solar farm at Indianapolis International Airport.
Discussions are taking place even as the initial solar farm has yet to get off the ground near the Interstate 70 airport exit.
Airport officials won’t identify the firm or firms that would build a second solar farm.
“Negotiations are still in progress,” said authority spokesman Carlo Bertolini.
The authority did not invite requests for proposals that might give details about the second farm, and cryptically describe it as “more of a prospective tenant situation.”
The second farm would consist of 60 acres, or the same amount as the first solar farm announced last year.
“Regarding the location, the plan is that the second farm would be in the same vicinity as the first, but the boundaries have not been finalized,” Bertolini added.
The first farm, announced in September 2011, has yet to show any signs of construction. ET Energy Solutions, a local consortium leasing 60 acres from the airport authority for the project, said last year that the 41,000 photovoltaic panels were expected to be operating in mid-2012.
Information posted on ET Energy’s website said the farm had been expanded to 75 acres and construction would begin in early winter, pending approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. The IURC granted approval Sept. 5.
Airport officials referred questions to Kurt Schneider, vice president of ET Energy partner Johnson-Melloh Solutions, a local mechanical contractor.
Schneider did not return phone calls seeking comment about the delay for the proposed $35 million project, but sent an e-mail late Wednesday morning saying that construction would start March 31, and that financing for the project was not an issue.
Other ET partners are local companies Schmidt Associates and Telamon Corp.
The first farm is expected to become one of the largest airport solar farms in the country, capable of producing more than 15 million kilowatt hours of power, or enough to power 1,200 average houses for a year.
The power would be sold to Indianapolis Power & Light, with the airport authority expecting to collect about $316,000 annually in lease payments through its agreement with ET Energy.
It’s likely a second farm also would generate substantial revenue for the airport authority, which is itching to find additional non-airline revenues as passenger traffic remains sluggish.
A second solar farm operator might be under pressure to secure a contract sooner than later.
IPL said in July that, beginning next March, it would throttle back on buying power from new customers that generate it from renewable sources. The utility will honor existing contracts for the duration of their terms.
IPL pays from 7.5 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity from large wind turbines to 24 cents per kilowatt hour for solar projects. That’s effectively more than its own cost of generating power.
The utility noted at the time that ratepayers shoulder the cost of buying renewable power, and paying more for renewable power would put additional pressure on them at a time when rates are expected to rise due to new federal environmental compliance rules.
Indianapolis Airport Announces ET Energy Solutions, LLC to develop 10 MW solar farm September 21, 2011Posted by Laura Arnold in Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL), IPL Rate REP.
Tags: ET Energy Solutions, Indianapolis Airport Authority solar proposal, Indianapolis Power and Light Rate REP, IPL feed-in tariff, LLC
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A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO ET ENERGY SOLUTIONS, LLC AND JOHNSON MELLOH FROM IDEA!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 20, 2011
IAA Contact: Carlo Bertolini
Johnson-Melloh Solutions Contact: Pam Ingram
Schmidt Associates Contact: Katie Corson
Telamon Contact: Windi Hornsby
Construction to begin on Indianapolis International Airport
Local firms will play key part in creation of one of the largest airport solar farms in North America
INDIANAPOLIS– The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) announced today that it has selected ET Energy Solutions, LLC to develop a solar farm onIndianapolisInternationalAirportproperty. The company is a joint venture (JV) between three locally based firms which bid on the project: Johnson-Melloh Solutions, Schmidt Associates, and Telamon Corporation. Telamon, a Minority Business Enterprise, is 50 percent owner of the JV.
Under the terms of the agreement, ET Energy Solutions will finance, design, construct, and operate the facility on land leased from the IAA. The local group will work in conjunction with SANYO Electric Group, a global leader in solar energy technology and development, which will provide panels for the project and assist with arranging financing.
Design and utility interconnection studies are already underway, and weather permitting, construction could begin as early as fourth quarter of 2011. The solar farm, which will be one of the largest airport-based solar farms inNorth America, is expected to become operational starting in mid-2012. The facility will include more than 41,000 solar panels, each capable of producing 280 watts at peak power production. The panels will be installed on ground-mounted racking systems that will fill nearly 60 acres of land near the airport exit from I-70.
The solar farm is expected to annually produce more than 15 million kilowatt hours of electric energy, enough to power more than 1,200 average American homes for a year. The renewable energy it produces will prevent approximately 10,700 tons of CO2 from being released into the environment each year, which is the equivalent of removing approximately 2,000 cars from the road. To help raise awareness of solar energy, real-time output data will be available to the public.
Electricity created by the airport solar farm will be fed directly into the grid operated by the Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL) through existing surface transmission lines that connect the airport terminal to the IPL substation west of the airport. No public funds or airport costs are anticipated to be involved in the project.
“TheINDsolar farm is just the latest innovation in our land-use strategy moving toward implementation,” said John D. Clark III, executive director and CEO of the IAA. “It supports our commitment to sustainability while helping to grow and diversify our revenue stream. Finding productive and harmonious uses for airport land ultimately aids our efforts to attract and maintain the air service that anchors the IND Aerotropolis and generates economic benefits throughout our region.”
An Aerotropolis is an “airport city” in which a collaborative, multimodal approach is leveraged to maximize the ability of an airport to foster economic growth and infrastructure development throughout its surrounding region. In addition to its core air transportation missions, IND Aerotropolis focuses on maximizing airport assets and possible development properties and integrating those with key economic drivers of the region.
Since both the borders and benefits of an Aerotropolis extend well beyond an airport’s property, a proactive and cooperative model is essential, and the IAA has been seeking and forging a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with key stakeholders in the airport’s neighboring communities with the goal of achieving additional strategic partnerships in the future.
“The airport serves as the gateway intoIndianapolis, and this is a great way to showcase our efforts to become a more sustainable city,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. ”Installing solar panels on airport property not suitable for other development with the intent to power our city using renewable energy sources and generate revenue demonstrates the culture of innovation and commitment to sustainability that has taken root throughout Indianapolis.”
“We are very impressed with the Indianapolis Airport Authority’s vision for a greener future. Our goal is to be transparent to IAA’s solar project team participating through the planning, design, construction, project oversight, and financing stages as a venture partner,” said Albert Chen, CEO of Telamon. “We are grateful for the business opportunity and with Telamon’s successful history of integrating products and services to our Fortune 500 customers, we are very excited to be involved in this dynamic project.”
“Projects of this size require a lot of teamwork, and we are happy to be partnered with true professionals like IAA, Johnson Melloh Solutions, Schmidt Associates, Telamon, SANYO and Indianapolis Power and Light,” said Kurt Schneider, vice president for Johnson-Melloh. ”The IAA deserves a lot of credit for their creativity in finding ways to generate revenue from non-traditional airport revenue streams and Indianapolis Power and Light gets the credit for being a leader in Indiana utilities for offering a Feed-In-Tariff to its customers that make projects like this possible.”
“With a smaller scale solar photovoltaic (pv) installation already in operation at the Johnson-Melloh Solutions site, we internalize the tremendous environmental and financial benefits of embracing renewable energy, specifically solar photovoltaic,” added
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to design, build, and service one of the largest airport sited solar photovoltaic projects in the United States,” said Nick Melloh, president of Johnson-Melloh Solutions. “The project is a great example of the public sector utilizing private sector investment to generate revenue. Mayor Ballard’s sustainability initiative is gaining momentum and we expect positive local impact from the IAA’s decision to work with local companies – including a substantial economic impact that will create much needed construction jobs. The decision to move this project to reality creates an opportunity for other local businesses and municipalities to take advantage of substantial downward pricing trends in high quality solar pv products and the Feed-in-Tariffs available to IPL and NIPSCO customers.”
“The ripple effect of the Airport Solar Farm will be felt acrossIndianapolisand throughout the state,” said Ron Fisher, Schmidt Associates’ director of operations. “We can see this project spurring new interest in renewable energy acrossIndiana, and even theMidwest.”
“Last Spring, the General Assembly passed legislation promoting clean energy inIndiana. We know that we are going to need more electrical power inIndianain the future, and a diversified electricity portfolio is one of the State’s goals,” said Wayne Schmidt, CEO of Schmidt Associates. “Renewable energy resources, like the Indianapolis Airport Solar Farm, is an important piece of the puzzle.”
“SANYO is very excited to lend its development, financial, and insurance services to theIndianapolisAirportsolar project,” SANYO Solar Market Development Manager Kevin White explained. “The potential of this solar project shows thatIndianapolisandIndianaare leaders in theMidwestwhen it comes to solar energy. And, if states and utilities develop the right programs, solar can become a sustainable source of energy for everyone. I commend all parties involved in the Airport Solar project in taking the next evolutionary step in theU.S.’s energy infrastructure.”
About Johnson-Melloh Solutions
Johnson-Melloh Solutions is a design-and-build construction company focused on providing long term value to their clients by reducing life cycle costs associated with energy consumption and operating costs. Johnson-Melloh Solutions has dedicated itself to adding renewable energy design and build to its portfolio of services with a specific concentrated effort on solar photovoltaic.
Kurt Schneider, Nick Melloh, and Andy Melloh own and operate Johnson Melloh Solutions as a sister company to Johnson Melloh Inc., a mechanical contractor / mechanical service provider, established in 1976. Johnson-Melloh has a diverse market penetration consisting of, but not limited to, K-12, Municipalities, Higher Education, Industrial, and Healthcare facilities.
About Schmidt Associates
Schmidt Associates is a full-service architectural and engineering firm, with more than 35 years of experience in the planning and design of award winning, environmentally and socially responsible, sustainable facilities. Located in downtownIndianapolis, their staff includes licensed and certified professionals who specialize in planning, architecture, engineering, interior design, technology, and LEED criteria. Energy is at the forefront of Schmidt Associates’ designs through building optimization, energy modeling, renewable energy, and LEED administration. With 25 LEED accredited professionals and a dedicated energy studio, Schmidt Associates incorporates high performance/sustainable design into every project.
Telamon Corporation, anIndianapolisbased company, is your product and solution partner of choice. Established in 1985, Telamon is a $500M company, with 600+ employees across 9 locations (6 domestic, and 3 international). Uniquely positioned as a minority-owned company, Telamon has exceeded the highest standards as evidenced by our awards and certifications. At the same time, Telamon, the Greek word for “support,” is a servant company—your needs are our only priority.
Telamon Energy Solutions, as a subsidiary of the Telamon Corporation, is your preferred partner for smart building, LED lighting, sustainability products, and renewable energy solutions. Telamon Energy Solutions works with our customers to develop total energy solutions that can cut costs while improving performance, reducing energy usage, and protecting our environment.
SANYO has recently become a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Panasonic. Panasonic’s goals are to become the #1 Green Electronics Company in the World by 2018. Offering not only utility solar services but innovative options for homeowners as well, SANYO and Panasonic are now leading the way in the consumerization of energy.