INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A vacated Indianapolis mall that was saved from demolition in 2008 soon will become a solar farm.

New Generation Power of Chicago plans to start work this fall on a 4-megawatt array covering at the former Eastgate Consumer Mall.

Alex Carroll purchased the mall in 2008 to house Lifeline Data Centers. The site also was home to the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety’s regional operations center until the center vacated over fire-safety concerns.

Carroll told the Indianapolis Business Journal that the solar panels will offer shaded parking resembling carports.

New Generation has a 15-year lease for the Eastgate site.

Carroll said the fact that Lifeline occupies 80,000 square feet makes it worthwhile to have the whole building.


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