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Indiana House passes bill on wind, solar siting guidelines

Lauren Chapman
IPB News
The House passed Senate Bill 411 which sets guidelines for where wind and solar farms can be located.

A bill, SB 411, that sets state guidelines for where wind and solar farms can be located passed the House on Monday.

Any county or township that adopts the standards — or less stringent ones — for things like how far a wind turbine or solar farm can be from a home would be deemed a wind or solar ready community.

But the incentives to get that title were stripped from the bill. The original bill would have given counties $1 for every megawatt hour of energy generated by a renewable energy project, every year for a decade — boosting revenues for rural areas in the state.

READ MORE: House committee amends bill on wind, solar siting, stripping incentives

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One of the bill’s sponsors said the funding should be part of the state’s budget — which the legislature will vote on next year.

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Indiana Environmental reporting is supported by the Environmental Resilience Institute, an Indiana University Grand Challenge project developing Indiana-specific projections and informed responses to problems of environmental change.

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