Bellflower Solar project : Lightsource bp commissions solar farm in Indiana
Renewable energy company Lightsource bp has officially announced the commissioning of its Bellflower Solar project in Indiana, boasting a capacity of 152.5MW.
The project, constructed at an investment cost of $169 million, is situated approximately 40 miles east of Indianapolis in Henry and Rush Counties.
With an estimated capability to power 26,800 households, the Bellflower Solar project is anticipated to offset around 202,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Bellflower Solar was developed, financed, and will be owned and operated by Lightsource bp. Furthermore, the company has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement with Verizon Communications, allowing the latter to utilize the energy generated by the Bellflower Solar project.
James Gowen — Verizon Communications SVP of global supply chain and sourcing and chief sustainability officer said: “Verizon is committed to protecting our planet by supporting the production of renewable energy and the transition to a greener U.S. energy grid. The renewable energy produced by the Bellflower Solar project will help us achieve net zero operational emissions by 2035.”
The development of the Bellflower solar power plant is said to have significantly contributed to the US job market, generating employment opportunities across the supply chain.
The construction of the solar power plant in Indiana involved the efforts of over 350 individuals during peak construction. This endeavor has not only supported domestic manufacturers but has also promoted the use of low-carbon products.
SOLV Energy served as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the Bellflower Solar project. The installation of the solar panels was carried out using over 377,000 ultra-low carbon panels manufactured by First Solar, an Arizona-based company.
Additionally, the Bellflower Solar project incorporated smart solar trackers manufactured by Array Technologies, a company based in New Mexico.
Kevin Smith — Lightsource bp Americas CEO said: “The Bellflower project is a great example of our commitment to responsible solar development in action. Beyond delivering clean, affordable and reliable energy, Lightsource bp has a deep commitment to maximizing the sustainable benefits of our solar projects for communities, protecting ecosystems and improving biodiversity.”