Duke Energy plans to build a 1.6 megawatt solar power plant in Discovery Park District near Purdue University on the west side of U.S. Highway 52/231. The solar power plant will generate enough electricity to power about 230 average homes at peak production. (Photo: Courtesy of the Purdue Research Foundation)
Duke Energy plans to build a 1.6 megawatt solar power plant in Discovery Park District near Purdue University on the west side of U.S. Highway 52/231. The solar power plant will generate enough electricity to power about 230 average homes at peak production. (Photo: Courtesy of the Purdue Research Foundation)
WEST LAFAYETTE — Duke Energy announced Thursday the future construction of a 1.6 megawatt solar power plant in the Discovery Park District near Purdue University to be constructed on the west side of U.S. 52 and 231.

“We’ll use the clean, renewable energy from this solar plant for our Indiana customers,” Duke Energy Indiana president Stan Pinegar said in a news release. “Discovery Park at Purdue is a hub for innovation in science, technology and engineering, so building this plant there is a natural fit.”

Duke Energy will lease about 10 acres south of the Purdue Technology Center Aerospace building from the Purdue Research Foundation, the release said. The company will build and operate the new ground-mount solar power plant, to be named the Tippecanoe County Solar Power Plant.

“Sustainability has been one of four global advancements Purdue University has been celebrating this year while marking the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding, so this is an optimum time to add a solar facility at the Discovery Park District,” director of Discovery Park District Jeremy Slater said in the release. “It’s another key step toward sustainability as we continue to develop the district.”
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