The federal government is preparing to throw the switch on six acres of solar panels atop a mammoth Indianapolis office building set to boast Indiana's largest solar power project.
On April 29, an array of 6,100 solar panels on the roof of the Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Federal Center will begin generating more than 2 megawatts of electricity an hour. That's enough to power about 1,000 homes.
The project was paid for by $35 million in federal stimulus funding. The General Services Administration owns the 1 million square foot building on Indianapolis' northeast side. Workers there process the payroll for the U.S. military services.
Energy experts tell The Indianapolis Star that the building's solar panels are thought to be the largest installation of its type in Indiana.