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Study: Swallowtail Solar Farm Would Create 340 Jobs, Add $38 Million to Bartholomew County

An economic analysis of the proposed Swallowtail Solar Farm found that the 200-MW solar project would create 340 jobs during construction and add $38 million to Bartholomew County’s economy. The analysis was performed by Gnarly Tree Sustainability Institute, which is led by Dr. Kenneth Richards, a professor at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.The analysis found that throughout the solar farm’s 30-year life, the project will have five direct employees and will create 13 indirect jobs, adding approximately $1 million to the local economy throughout the operations phase.

“Swallowtail Solar Farm is a clear win for the people of Bartholomew County, now and in the future.” said Zack Sawicki, Senior Project Manager for Arevon. “Through the experience of building solar projects across the country, I’ve seen firsthand the positive energy, economic, and environmental benefits solar brings to communities like Bartholomew County.”

Over the 30-year lifespan of the project, Swallowtail Solar Farm is forecast to deliver more than $40 million in local tax revenues to Bartholomew County. Local landowners involved in the project will collectively receive millions of dollars in lease payments throughout the solar farm’s lifespan. Read the full report here


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