I&M Breaks Ground on Solar Facility, Announces IM Solar Program


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power broke ground today on its second solar

generation facility and also launched IM Solar, a program that enables Indiana customers to use

local solar power without the expense of installing their own system.


The Twin Branch Solar Facility, northeast of Mishawaka in a commercial/industrial area, will

have nearly 29,000 solar panels and a generation capacity of 2.6 megawatts of emission-free

energy. The facility is expected to generate energy equivalent to powering more than 350

homes annually.


“I&M sees a bright future in solar power, and we are pleased to bring large-scale solar

generation to Michiana,” said Paul Chodak III, President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana

Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).


Large-scale solar generation is 30 percent to 50 percent less costly than rooftop solar.


“When the Twin Branch and three other I&M solar facilities go online, we will add about 15

megawatts of emission-free energy that already includes nuclear, wind and hydro,” Chodak

said. “In fact, over 50 percent of I&M’s generation fleet is already emission-free.”


I&M contracted with First Solar Inc., a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions,

to build the Twin Branch facility as well as planned facilities near New Carlisle and Watervliet,

Mich. All three of those facilities are expected to be generating energy for I&M customers by the

end of 2016.


Also today, I&M formally launched IM Solar, a program that allows I&M’s Indiana customers to

participate in the growth of solar power by subscribing to 50-kilowatt-hour blocks for $2.21 per

block monthly. Subscription proceeds will retire solar Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

that I&M’s solar generation creates, going directly toward supporting the solar projects.


“IM Solar gives all of our Indiana customers the opportunity to effectively reduce their

CO2/environmental footprint in a cost-effective manner,” Chodak said. “We will be happy to

build more of these installations as needed to meet customer demand.”

For more information and to subscribe, customers can go to



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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve

more than 589,000 customers. It operates 2,600 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,160

MW of nuclear generation in Michigan and 22 MW of hydro generation in both states. The

company also provides its customers 450 MW of purchased wind generation and, by the end of

2016, approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering

electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest

generators of electricity, owning nearly 32,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.

AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a 40,000-mile network that

includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission

systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of

the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system

that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11

percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of

Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as 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’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

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News releases and other information about I&M are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com





Tracy Warner
Indiana Michigan Power Communications
(260) 408-3420

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