solar power

This year’s legislative session went by quickly. If you haven’t been paying attention to energy and environment issues that came up, here’s what you need to know.

courtesy Purdue University

Commercial solar power projects in Clinton County could need to meet new standards in order to operate, after the Area Plan Commission passed a solar power ordinance Tuesday.

APC Executive Director Elizabeth Stitzel says it was time to amend the county’s 2015 unified development ordinance with more detailed requirements. She says the new criteria will help mitigate what she calls a “free for all” approach.

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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.”      

Indiana saw huge job growth in the hybrid and electric vehicle industry last year. The number of people working in that sector jumped 18 percent from 2017. But employment across the state’s entire clean energy industry is expected to slow down this year.