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Duke Energy Power Plant Garden Helps Pollinators Thrive
July 2020

The Duke Energy solar power plant in West Lafayette, Ind., benefits both Duke Energy customers and the environment. The plant provides clean, renewable electricity, and it also helps protect and increase populations of pollinator species that are essential to the growth and reproduction of flowers and plants that provide food.

The 1.6-megawatt Tippecanoe Solar Power Plant began producing clean, emissions-free energy for Duke Energy customers in late 2019. It is located in the Discovery Park District near Purdue University. 

Wildflowers that attract native pollinators, including birds, bees, and butterflies, comprise 1.5 acres of the plant site. The planting will decrease Duke Energy’s operating and maintenance costs while continuing the company’s legacy as a responsible environmental steward by providing habitat for endangered pollinator species. 

The solar power plant generates enough electricity annually to power about 230 average homes with carbon-free energy. The plant has approximately 7,000 solar panels and is expected to provide energy for more than 30 years.

The pollinator garden has been recognized by the Indiana Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program.

Read the original press release here​.​