Indiana county considering solar farm project

In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 photo, an Indian security man walks by solar panels at a solar power project in Raisan village near Gandhinagar, India. For six years, India's monopoly coal producer has missed production targets that already fall short of the country’s demand. Industry has been left scrambling for pricier imports. Power cuts are chronic, and hundreds of millions still have no access. But what looks like a looming power crisis could actually be a rising energy transformation, with the country poised for a shift toward solar to end chronic energy woes and offer first-time access to hundreds of millions nationwide. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 photo, an Indian security man walks by solar panels at a solar power project in Raisan village near Gandhinagar, India. For six years, India's monopoly coal producer has missed production targets that already fall short of the country’s demand. Industry has been left scrambling for pricier imports. Power cuts are chronic, and hundreds of millions still have no access. But what looks like a looming power crisis could actually be a rising energy transformation, with the country poised for a shift toward solar to end chronic energy woes and offer first-time access to hundreds of millions nationwide. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana county is weighing a company’s proposal to build a five-megawatt solar energy farm on county-owned land.

Solar Zentrum has proposed using 15 to 20 acres in Monroe County for the project. That land is a part of an 85-acre plot owned by the county.

The company is seeking a site that could house between 4,000 and 5,000 solar photovoltaic panels that would turn sunlight into electricity.

The Herald-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1gnu7FV ) that Duke Energy has issued a request for proposals for solar farms that would gather the energy and then sell it to Duke.

The county property in question is near a power transfer station, making it an ideal site.

Monroe County’s commissioners and members of the county’s environmental quality commission have agreed to move the idea forward.

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