Near south side apartment complex goes green with solar panels

The Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA) and Insight Development Corp, alongside Congressman Andre Carson, introduced IHA's latest green initiative, a 4,340 square foot urban solar farm.

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One near south side apartment complex will become more environmentally friendly Wednesday.

The Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA) and Insight Development Corp, alongside Congressman Andre Carson, introduced IHA’s latest green initiative, a 4,340 square foot urban solar farm. 

Approximately 248 solar panels will be installed on top of specific buildings at the Laurelwood Apartments, located in the 3300 block of Teakwood Drive. 

The panels are connected to converter boxes, which captures the electricity generated and then converts it into usable power that is pumped directly into the existing power grid. 

Through a partnership with Indianapolis Power and Light, IHA will send the power generated by panels to the complex for $20,000 a year.  The money will be used by IHA to invest in existing communities, paying for maintenance and improvements. 

“The benefit is a more sustainable apartment community,” said Brad Baird, IHA. “We’re one of the first in Indianapolis and maybe even the entire state to install a solar system of this size.  The ongoing revenue supports the community, maintaining it and we’re able to support the people who live here.” 

The initiative was possible through a unique partnership with Congressman Carson, who secured the funds through a federal grant.

The new urban solar farm is a test project, and if all goes well, IHA could expand on the project and install other solar panels in other communities, generating green energy and critical funds to help reinvest in neighborhoods. 

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