Cutting carbon with
As we make steady and significant strides toward our goal of cutting carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, we’ve taken our biggest step yet with Project Soleil.
Project Soleil is an undertaking to enable solar energy systems across 14 facilities along the Toll Road, totaling 1,500 kilowatts (kW) in size. This initiative will account for a full one-third of ITRCC’s electricity demand while also cutting ITRCC’s carbon footprint by 17% — ultimately reducing 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Installed and managed in collaboration with Solscient Energy, these new solar energy systems are located primarily at toll plazas and maintenance barns. Each system was sized to provide 100% of each building’s required energy needs in any given year.
During daytime, the solar panel arrays produce more energy than the buildings require, which leads to this energy being sent back onto the grid to power local neighborhoods. At night, ITRCC’s buildings draw energy back from the grid like normal. The credits earned from our excess production are applied to pay for the use of nighttime energy.
Project Soleil follows years of ongoing investments in decreasing carbon emissions along the Indiana Toll Road, from investing in electric and hybrid vehicles for our fleet to installing EV charging stations and deploying solar panels at our travel plazas.
As we look ahead, we’re looking forward to drawing ever greater power from the sun.