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Tax abatement rejection threatens Indiana solar farm project

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ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a central Indiana county have rejected a tax abatement for a proposed solar farm, putting the $110 million project in jeopardy.

The Madison County Council voted 4-3 on Oct. 8 to deny the LoneOakSolarEnergyCenter’s request for a traditional 10-year tax abatement.

The proposed solar farm in northern MadisonCounty would generate 120 megawatts of electricity, but officials with developer Invenergy say that not obtaining the tax abatement could make the project financially impossible.

The Herald Bulletin reported that company officials say the tax abatement would have saved the company $5 million in personal property taxes over the 10 years.

Project manager Katya Samoteskul told council members it also would have reduced the cost of the electricity to a potential buyer of the solar farm’s power.

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