Indiana Michigan Power Building 5 Solar Energy Facilities

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WLNS) – State regulators have given Indiana Michigan Power approval to build solar energy facilities that are expected to generate enough electricity to power about 32,000 homes.

The Fort Wayne-based utility said Thursday the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved its $38 million plan to build five facilities in the two states that will generate nearly 16 megawatts of electricity.

Two of the facilities will be in the South Bend area, one in Marion, and a fourth will be near Watervliet, Michigan. The fifth location hasn’t been determined yet.

Executive Director Kerwin Olson of the watchdog group Citizens Action Coalition says the utility is “pretending to embrace solar power” while also fighting its customers’ own solar energy efforts.

The impact of the solar project’s costs on customer rates hasn’t been determined yet.

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