Customers Now Receiving Solar Energy Through Vectren’s Universal Solar Project at Oak Hill Cemetery

Two key projects of Vectren’s Smart Energy Future strategy now live

December 18, 2018 – Vectren Chairman, President and CEO Carl Chapman joined City of Evansville officials Thursday afternoon to officially open two universal solar farms in Vanderburgh County. One of the 2-megawatt (MW) solar arrays is located near Oak Hill Cemetery on Morgan Ave. and is the result of a partnership with the City of Evansville through which the energy company will lease the City’s land. The other project, also 2 MWs, is located on Highway 41 near North High School. That facility will also include battery storage with the ability to discharge 1 MW per hour over a four-hour period.

“These are the very first solar projects in our electric generation portfolio, and it’s exciting to be able to officially say that the sun is now powering a piece of southwestern Indiana through Vectren’s generation fleet,” said Chapman. “We are grateful for the opportunity to join the City of Evansville in bringing universal solar energy to Vectren customers. These projects - combined with existing wind energy agreements and our plan to build a 50-MW universal solar farm in Spencer County - help demonstrate our desire to create a more balanced energy mix in how we generate electricity.”

Each solar farm consists of approximately 8,000 ground-mounted fixed-tilt solar panels on 15 acres. Combined, the 4 MWs of generation will supply enough renewable energy to power more than 800 homes each year.

“We are proud to be able to partner with Vectren in bringing clean energy sources to our City and the surrounding region,” said Winnecke. “This partnership allows both entities to respond positively to the public’s interest in local solar energy production, and we are thrilled to host one of the solar arrays within our city limits.”

The 4 MW’s of solar and the planned 50-MW facility, which should be fully operational in the fall of 2020, are expected to generate enough power to meet the needs of more than 12,000 households per year. When including Vectren’s 80 MW of wind power purchased through contracts with Benton County wind farms and its 3.2-MW landfill gas facility in Pike County, there will be enough renewable energy in Vectren’s portfolio to power more than 35,000 homes, or nearly 25 percent of Vectren’s residential customers.

The solar projects are part of Vectren’s Smart Energy Future strategy, which includes electric generation fleet diversification by adding natural gas and renewables, grid modernization projects, smart energy management tools for customers, and the utility’s ongoing gas system infrastructure modernization efforts. Customers can learn more at

Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana - South delivers electricity to approximately 145,000 customers in all or portions of Gibson, Dubois, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.