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St. Joseph Solar Farm Construction Update

July 31, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) along with White Construction will begin prep work for the solar panels at the St. Joseph Solar Farm.

Drive posts, which will hold the solar panels, will be installed beginning on August 3.  Those living in the area of Bittersweet and Cleveland Roads in St. Joseph County, Ind., may hear an increase of construction-related activity during this time. Drive post installation is expected to be finished around the end of September, depending on weather.

The St. Joseph Solar Farm will have approximately 57,000 solar panels and will produce 20 megawatts – enough energy to power 2,700 homes annually. The facility will be the fifth and largest solar generating facility owned and operated by I&M.

I&M envisions this facility as a key component of a long-term sustainable future for the people and businesses of Indiana and Michigan. The St. Joseph Solar Farm will serve as a catalyst for attracting economic growth by providing sought after green technology in the Michiana area. 

The St. Joseph Solar Farm is expected to be in operation by spring of 2021. For more information on construction and the project please visit IndianaMichiganPower.com/StJosephSolar

If customers have questions, please call our 24/7 Customer Operations Center at 1-800-311-4634.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its approximately 2,100 employees serve more than 599,000 customers. More than two-thirds of its energy delivered in 2019 was emission-free.  I&M has at its availability various sources of generation including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, more than 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,620 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Media Contact
Brian E. Bergsma
Director, Government Affairs and Corporate Communications
Indiana Michigan Power
(317) 670-3561
bebergsma@aep.com

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