Solar power

How To Have Solar Power And Eat, Too

Aug 12, 2019
Emily Syberg / WBAA News

Purdue researchers are investigating the viability of solar power production on farmland, hoping their work in so-called “aglectric” engineering will balance food and energy production.

 

Chemical engineering professor Rakesh Agrawal says merging the footprint of the two helps mitigate issues presented by a shortage of available empty land.

 

“The idea is to have energy at low cost, and plentiful everywhere,” Agrawal says. “So we get out of the fossils, and it will change the way we live.”  

 

WBOI Weekend News Roundup 03/03/18

Mar 2, 2018
TEDxFortWayne

New Solar Panel Would Harness, Store More Energy

Oct 6, 2016
Brookhaven National Laboratory

While the price of solar energy continues to drop in Indiana—down 66 percent over the past 6 years—the industry still faces challenges. But one Purdue University professor is trying to change that.


Bill Could Reduce Incentives for Solar Energy

Feb 17, 2015

Some Indiana lawmakers want to change the way solar panel owners are credited for the energy they produce. 

If an individual or business installs solar panels and generates more energy than  they use, the power company buys it to sell to other customers. House Bill 1320 would reduce how much utilities pay for that excess energy, and  charge those who generate it fees for using the power grid. 

Dave Arland with the Indiana Energy Association says it’s just a matter of fairness. 

Indiana Michigan Power Makes Solar Plans

Jul 8, 2014
Indiana Michigan Power

Indiana Michigan Power plans to start producing solar energy. The announcement was made Tuesday. 

The Fort Wayne-based company already generates three other sources of emission-free power. About one third of their total production comes from nuclear, with a bit more from wind and hydro.

I&M plans to start a pilot program for solar production, constructing five solar facilities – enough to power over 2,500 homes.