The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Business

November 6, 2013

Frankton absorbs new energy

New solar park coming to town

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FRANKTON, Ind. —

The Frankton park will have 4,000 solar grids which will generate one megawatt of power at peak efficiency. Malguarnera said that, depending on how sunny a day is, a single megawatt can supply power to 1,000 homes.

Brown said the Frankton town council has been all for the solar park since members first heard the idea. He said Tuesday's meeting will be comprised of a zoning change of the property the company plans on using. The zoning change makes the property light industrial.

Brown didn't think there would be any opposition to the change from the council members.

"At this point it's just dotting the I's and crossing the T's," Brown said.

If the council approves the zoning change, Malguarnera said construction will begin in December. He said construction will take five to six weeks and should be completed by January.

He said if everything went according to plan, the plant will be operational and running by the end of January.

Malguarnera said the park will be owned by IMPA and not Frankton. The company will pay the town for the use of the property.

The energy collected at the plant will be funneled into IMPA's main source and will not be used specifically for the town.

"This is just a diversification of our generating output," Malguarnera said.

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