Lightsource bp and AEP Energy Partners, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, have signed a power purchase agreement for the 188 MW DC Honeysuckle Solar project located in New Carlisle, about 10 miles west of South Bend, Indiana.
Lightsource bp finances, builds, owns and operates the facility and sells the generated solar energy to AEP Energy Partners under a long-term power purchase agreement. Construction of the project has begun on site, with commercial operations beginning in 2024. South Bend-based Inovateus Solar LLC is the construction contractor for the building.
Honeysuckle Solar uses solar panels from First Solar, smart solar trackers from Array Technologies and steel from Nucor.
Specifically, the project’s action plan is underway to achieve net biodiversity benefits and promote pollinator habitat – ensuring Honeysuckle becomes a pollinator-friendly solar farm.
“This PPA is a great example of how sustainable energy buyers like AEP Energy Partners can work with us to accelerate the construction of new solar projects that improve the health and energy security of communities across America and help strengthen local economies,” said Kevin Smith, Lightsource. CEO of bp Americas “As the owner and operator of Honeysuckle Solar Farm, we look forward to bringing economic and environmental benefits to the region and fostering community partnerships.”