City of Peru hopes to be home to new solar park

Sunlight streams onto the Maywood Solar Farm in Indianapolis on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The 8-megawatt solar farm completed last month is the nation's largest solar farm on a federal Superfund site. The 43-acre farm sits on a portion of a 120-acre Superfund site tainted by decades of coal-tar refining and wood-treatment operations. The farm's solar panels feed power into Indianapolis Power and Light's electrical grid. (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

PERU, Ind. (WISH) – Officials in Miami County hopes a power company will build a solar park in Peru.

According to 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at the Kokomo Tribune an Indiana power company is planning to build a farm in the state, but Miami County officials are hopeful the farm will be built in Peru.

A 1-megawatt solar farm is in the works for Indiana Municipal Power Agency. The provider serves 59 cities and towns in Indiana. The company has plans to build solar farms in Richmond, Frankton and Rensselaer.

The details of how large the project will be are not clear. However, the energy from the solar panels will be distributed to all cities and towns that have IMPA as their energy provider.

Having the farm in Peru would not only be a novelty, but produce increased tax revenue for the county and provide clean energy sources in the state.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:45 p.m. Following the meeting the Miami County Council can vote to approve tax abatements for the project. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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