Last month, Inovateus Solar said it completed three solar projects for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). The projects, which are the utility’s first solar installations, include a ground-mount solar array at NIPSCO’s Merrillville, IN headquarters. Consistent with NIPSCO’s steps toward a more sustainable energy future, Inovateus Solar achieved zero-waste construction by recycling equipment packaging and avoiding any construction waste being sent to landfills.
The projects include:
- A 120 kilowatt, alternating current (kWac) array at NIPSCO’s Merrillville headquarters
- A 100 kWac system at the company’s LaPorte local operating office
- A 100-kWac system at its Valparaiso local operating office.
NIPSCO recently announced plans to retire all of its remaining coal-fired electric generating stations by 2028 and replace them with less expensive, cleaner energy. To meet NIPSCO’s zero-waste objectives, John Gulanick, Inovateus Solar’s Director of Project Management and Deputy Director of Operations, would often personally transport the day’s construction waste materials to regional recycling centers.
Tyler Kanczuzewski, Inovateus’ VP of Marketing and Sustainability said that these projects were the company’s first zero-waste projects “and we intend to continue the practice for our customers.”
To ensure that the sites would have zero-waste construction, Inovateus Solar collected all packaging, metal and plastic bands, cardboard, excess plastic conduit, scrap wire, and wooden pallets and then sorted it and took it to a recycling center or compost facility.