US Government Invests in Solar Again


The US government is getting ready to invest on six acres of solar panels atop an office building in Indianapolis that will be noted as Indiana’s largest solar power project.

Coming at the end of April, the feds will install 6,152 solar panels on the roof of the Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in Indianapolis.  This will generate more than 2 megawatts of electricity an hour; enough solar energy to power about 1,000 homes.

A $35 million federal stimulus grant will fund the project and save near $475,000 a year, over 20 percent, on the Bean Center’s utility bills.  This is a huge savings.

This 1950s-era office building is owned by the GAO and is located at a former U.S. Army base on the northeast side of Indianapolis.  Government Employees process the payroll for U.S. military services at this site and it also houses defense finance and accounting units.

This solar energy array will be connected to a nearby Indianapolis Power & Light Co. substation, allowing any left  over power to be sold and routed onto the electric company’s regional grid.

This 1 million square-foot building’s solar panels will be be the largest installation of its type in Indiana. The project is one of many across the US, benefiting from President Barack Obama’s federal tax breaks and  federal subsidies for solar power.  Government incentives available this year will potentially subsidize up to 60 percent of the investment in new solar power arrays.

The Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has already received 25 proposals from investors, developers and non-profit organizations who want to take advantage of the incentives and create arrays potentially larger than the one at the Bean Center.

This solar power array will not meet all the building’s power needs, but it will create a huge savings and is a valuable investment in technology development.

In addition to generating electricity a portion of these solar panels will provide hot water for the building’s restrooms. Water will be delivered and heated to 120 degrees.

It’s great to see big government invest into renewable energy!

Green Faith

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Solar FAQs is not affiliated with Green Faith but we are intrigued by the powerful drive they display in promoting alternative and solar energy.  They have a true desire to help our mother earth :).

Green Faith is an interfaith coalition for the environment that was founded in 1992.  They work with houses of worship, religious schools and people of all faiths to help them become better environmental stewards.

They believe in addressing environmental issues holistically, and are committed to being a one-stop shop for the resources and tools religious institutions need to engage environmental issues and become religious-environmental leaders.  Click on the topics below for more information about Green Faith.

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Eco Friendly House

A Swedish family is taking on an ‘eco’ challenge for the next six months, and they’re trying to limit their carbon footprint in a study to outline the amount of power they use.

The Lindell family has moved into a carbon smart home in Haesselby. The project is aimed at limiting the the carbon output to one tonne of carbon dioxide per person per year.

The current ‘normal’ output is around six or seven tonnes a year.

Solar panels cover the roof for maximum power, where wind and hyrdo power will allow the Lindells the smaller comforts such as normal cooking and computer and electronics usage.

All power usage will be monitored to keep on top of their project goals, and to help with the carbon footprint the family has also received a fully electric car capable of 30,000 kms a year.

Eco-tips will be on stand-by for the family, even eating habits to make them more eco-friendly.

From Sky News

Eco Friendly House

Exelon City Solar Chicago

SunPower City Solar is a 10-megawatt solar power plant located on a 41-acre site in Chicago’s West Pullman neighborhood. It will capture the sun’s rays and convert them into 14,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year. The facility was completed in July 2010.  Check out the Solar FAQ’s photo gallery!

Exelon City Solar is a 10-megawatt solar installation