Cooperatives bring solar power to local communities


Officials from Southern Indiana Power and Dubois REC dedicated a new solar array near I-64 today that will turn sunshine into electricity for homes and businesses throughout southern Indiana.


The 4,100-panel array just north of the Dale interchange on Interstate 64 is capable of generating one megawatt, enough electricity to power about 150 homes annually. Southern Indiana Power and Dubois REC worked alongside Hoosier Energy, the electric cooperatives’ power supplier, to identify a prime location for the array.


“As a cooperative, our focus is always local, so we are excited to add this renewable energy resource right in our own backyard to Hoosier Energy’s generation mix,” said Steve Seibert, President and CEO of Southern Indiana Power, which serves 7,000 members.


“Thanks to this project, we are in a better position to learn together how best to tap into the power of the sun to bring renewable energy to our communities,” added Don Book, General Manager of Dubois REC, which serves 11,000 members.


The solar array is the fourth of 10 that Hoosier Energy is adding to its renewables portfolio as part of an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy to further the cooperative commitment of affordability, reliability and community.



Southern Indiana Power is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Tell City, Indiana that serves over 9,000 meters and more than 7,000 members in the Perry, Spencer, Dubois and Warrick counties. For more information, visit www.sinpwr.com.



Dubois REC is a rural electric cooperative headquartered in Jasper, Indiana that serves over 13,000 members in the rural areas of Dubois, Crawford, Martin, Orange, Perry and Pike counties. For more information, visit www.duboisrec.com.



Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy facilities and a 1,700-mile transmission network. For more information, visit www.hepn.com.




Media Contacts:

Southern Indiana Power, Jeff Hilgenhold, 812-719-0569, jhilgenhold@sinpwr.com
Dubois REC, Kyla Jones, 812-608-0890, kylaj@duboisrec.com
Hoosier Energy, Mary Lynn Beaver, 317-752-5991, mbeaver@hepn.com