Largest of I&M’s first four solar power plants now online in Michiana

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The largest of Indiana Michigan Power’s first four solar power plants is now generating energy.

The Olive Solar Power Plant, just east of New Carlisle, is generating up to 5 megawatts of energy. The plant will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 700 homes annually, according to Indiana Michigan Power.

The Olive solar plant covers 40 acres and includes more than 57-thousand solar panels.

The Olive Solar Power Plant is the third of I&M’s four initial solar power plants plant to generate energy.

The 2.6-megawatt Twin Branch Solar Power Plant, east of Mishawaka, went online just two weeks ago. The 2.5-megawatt Deer Creek plant outside Marion went online late in 2015.

A fourth plant, in Watervliet, Mich., will begin generating solar energy in late 2016.

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