(Talk of the Town photo provided) Officials representing the City of Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) and others joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the opening of the Columbia City Solar Park at the end of Opportunity Drive on Columbia City’s north side. The 30-acre park will collect solar power to serve Columbia City power customers.

By Brooke Kinder

On Thursday, Columbia City officials representing the Mayor’s office, City Council, multiple city departments, county officials, state elected officials and the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) joined in celebration of the newly developed 4.3 megawatt solar power generating facility completed on the city’s north side.
The Columbia City Solar Park is located on a sprawling 30-acre property at the end of Opportunity Drive. On the property, 14,769 solar panels are capturing sunlight and transforming it into energy usable by Columbia City’s electric customers.
IMPA served as the developer for the project. IMPA is a wholesale electric power provider for 61 cities and towns in Indiana and Ohio, providing electric power to approximately 340,000 people.
With the addition of the new solar park in Columbia City, IMPA now oversees 34 similar facilities around the state.
According to officials, the facility will be secure, relatively quiet and with minimal glare.