About the Honeysuckle solar farm project

Lightsource bp is in the process of developing the first commercial solar farm in St. Joseph County, IN. We are proposing to build, own, and operate a privately funded approximately $165 million, 150-megawatt ac (MWac) solar farm on nearly 1,100 acres of land, east of of the Town of New Carlisle.

The project would do more than generate affordable, clean energy, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Construction of the Honeysuckle solar farm would provide 150-200 construction jobs over a 12- to 14-month period, with the majority being local workers. It would also provide a more than $30 million dollar boost to government agencies in revenue over the next 30 years without a tax increase on its citizens.

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Site-Selection

    Site selection & preliminary design

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Design-Assessment

    Stakeholder outreach

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Planning

    Environmental studies

  • Land management & biodiversity planning

  • Final engineering, financing & construction

  • Operation & maintenance

  • Decommissioning & recycling

In developing the project, we are adhering to the ordinance adopted by St. Joseph County that provides local regulatory control over solar farms. Key elements of the ordinance, which complement our best practices for solar farm development, include:

  • establishing minimum setback distances from adjacent property lines and public roads,
  • requiring pollinator-friendly seed mixes and native plants to be used as ground cover around the facility,
  • addressing maintenance and upkeep of the facility,
  • making sure appropriate drainage and traffic mitigation are provided, and
  • stipulating how the site would be decommissioned at its end of life.

Buffer zones will include a setback of not less than 75 feet from the center of any adjacent public roadway, along with a setback of at least 250 feet from any residence and 30 feet from any adjacent property.

A long-term land maintenance plan for the site will be shared with the community to guarantee the highest productivity from the farm, and to ensure it blends with the aesthetic character of the area.

  • 187MWdc
    /150MWac of clean, locally generated electricity
  • 150-200
    jobs created during construction, the majority local workers
  • 199,647
    metric tons of CO2 emissions reduced every year, which is the equivalent of 43,402 fuel-burning cars
  • ~$165 million
    investment of private capital into energy infrastructure for Indiana, helping increase the state’s energy security
  • >$30 million
    dollars to government agencies in revenue over the next 30 years

Local benefits of solar projects

Job creation: The project will employ approximately 150-200 workers during construction, with the majority coming from the local area.

A healthier environment: 199,647 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be abated each year, the equivalent to emissions from over 43,000 cars.

Biodiversity conservation: Studies have confirmed that solar projects can increase wildlife populations and overall biodiversity by allowing soil and habitat to regenerate, since once constructed solar farms remain untouched for decades.

Philanthropic commitments: Lightsource bp is committed to philanthropic activities and contributing charitable donations to local organizations.

Revenue to government agencies: Approximately $30 million dollars in new revenue will flow to government agencies over the next 30 years without a tax increase on its citizens.

 

Community dialogue – we want to be a good neighbor

At Lightsource bp, we not only develop solar projects. We own and operate them, making us a committed long-term partner in St. Joseph County.

A critical step in all of our projects is soliciting community feedback to help shape our final plans. We welcome your questions and comments to ensure that our Honeysuckle solar farm is a great project for your community.

 

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It’s so much more than a solar farm

A solar farm is so much more than you think. It’s a jobs farm. It’s a biodiversity farm. It’s an educational farm for local schools. It’s a new year-round type of harvest for your neighbor farmers that helps them keep their land for future generations.

Why solar?

Solar is a passive form of technology, generating emissions-free electricity that adds security to our country’s energy mix. This, combined with its ability to bring our country’s energy costs down makes it an ideal energy source for the US.

  • Solar farms are quiet, clean neighbors. They don’t emit any noise beyond the site boundaries and can be designed with screening to limit project visibility from neighbors’ residences and nearby roads.
  • With a long-term land management plan, studies have shown that solar farms can meaningfully increase wildlife populations and biodiversity.
  • Solar farms can help strengthen rural economies by creating local jobs, contributing significant annual revenue for local governments, providing dependable revenue to landowners in order to supplement farm income, and bringing multimillion dollar annual operations budgets that are primarily spent in the region.

 

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Our responsible solar approach

 

Example of fencing that would be used for the Honeysuckle solar farm.

Lightsource bp has a deep commitment to delivering safe, clean and affordable energy, as well as maximizing the environmental sustainability and positive social impacts of each of our projects. We call this approach responsible solar. We pay attention to every detail, from the fencing we choose to the vegetation we plant. As the project owner and operator, we want our Honeysuckle solar farm to be a great project for the local community.

Customized long term land management plans

Once a solar farm is built, it becomes a nature haven that’s undisturbed for many years.  We have seen plant and wildlife habitats increase at our solar farms, and our goal is to create plans that will increase local biodiversity.

Screening and setbacks from residential areas

We design setbacks from nearby property lines, and plant evergreen screening wherever needed to protect our neighbors’ viewsheds. We’re eager to work with our neighbors on what types of plantings they prefer.

Maintenance and upkeep

A long-term land maintenance plan for the site will be shared with the community to guarantee the highest productivity from the farm, and to ensure it blends with the aesthetic character of the area.

Pledge to recycling

Lightsource bp is committed to recycling all panels at our solar farms in the US – that includes any panels damaged during construction, operations, and all panels left at end of life of the project – at which time the installation will be dismantled, completely removed and the land returned to its original state.

Lightsource bp has a deep commitment to delivering safe, clean and affordable energy, as well as maximizing the environmental sustainability and positive social impacts of each of our projects. We call this approach responsible solar. We pay attention to every detail, from the fencing we choose to the vegetation we plant. As the project owner and operator, we want our Honeysuckle solar farm to be a great project for the local community.

Customized long term land management plans

Screening and setbacks from residential areas

Maintenance and upkeep

Pledge to recycling

Once a solar farm is built, it becomes a nature haven that’s undisturbed for many years.  We have seen plant and wildlife habitats increase at our solar farms, and our goal is to create plans that will increase local biodiversity. We design setbacks from nearby property lines, and additional trees may be planted to screen the project from neighbors’ views. We’re eager to work with our neighbors on what types of plantings they prefer. A long-term land maintenance plan for the site will be shared with the community to guarantee the highest productivity from the farm, and to ensure it blends with the aesthetic character of the area. Lightsource bp is committed to recycling all panels at our solar farms in the US – that includes any panels damaged during construction, operations, and all panels left at end of life of the project – at which time the installation will be dismantled, completely removed and the land returned to its original state.

FAQs about Honeysuckle Solar Project

We’ve received lots of interest in our Honeysuckle solar farm project, so we’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions, and their answers.

 

Honeysuckle Solar Development FAQs

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about this project, email honeysucklesolar@lightsourcebp.com, or fill out the form below. We aim to get back to you within five working days.

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In the community

We construct our solar farms with a view to improving soil health, fostering biodiversity, and strengthening local economies. From ecological assessments to community engagement, we do our best to create solar farms that local communities can be proud of.

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Empowering Economic Development

Our projects help provide stable revenue for landowners as well as create jobs, generate property tax revenue, and bring operating budgets that are primarily spent in the area.

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Empowering education

We value education and help bring real-world experiences to the classroom through funding for research, internships, capstone projects, solar training, and so much more.

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Empowering environmental sustainability

We care about the environment and engage in responsible solar. Many of our solar farms are pollinator friendly, boost local biodiversity and have co-located agriculture.

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Empowering partnerships

Our partnerships allow us to collaborate with other like-minded organizations that share a desire to create a more sustainable, resilient and equitable world for present and future generations.

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