Riverstart Solar Park is located approximately 80 miles northeast of Indianapolis in eastern Indiana. Located entirely within Randolph County, the solar park is complement the area’s agricultural resources with a stable, weather resistant cash crop in the form of landowner lease payments.
Riverstart Solar Park has an installed capacity of 200 megawatts (MW). Riverstart's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 36,000 Indiana homes.
Riverstart Solar Park yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Riverstart represents a capital investment of approximately $180 million and will disperse millions in property tax payments to local governments and school districts over the life of the project. The project created approximately 700 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and 5 permanent jobs during the life of the project. Through the project’s lifecycle, millions of dollars will be spent within 50 miles of the solar park.
Riverstart Solar Park saves more than 355 million gallons of water each year and displaces carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants, a major contributor to climate change. Solar energy also enhances air quality by helping to mitigate the health effects of harmful air pollutants.
Riverstart Solar Park is compatible with other land uses and will provide a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $54 million will be paid to the solar park’s landowners through the life of the project. These supportive landowners participate in long-term lease agreements.
Riverstart Solar Park contributes to the United States' energy security and help diversify our nation's energy supply.
Riverstart Solar Park consists of thousands of photovoltaic solar panels mounted on a single-axis tracking system for a combined output of 200 MW. Photovoltaic solar cells have no moving parts and convert sunlight directly into electricity via the photoelectric effect. This direct-current electricity is then collected, transformed into alternating-current, and finally enters the electrical grid through a substation after being converted to the proper voltage.