Honeysuckle solar

Key numbers


/150MWac of clean, locally generated electricity, enough to power 27,000 homes


jobs created during construction, the majority local workers


metric tons of CO2 emissions reduced every year, which is the equivalent of 44,000 fuel-burning cars

~$250 million

investment of private capital into energy infrastructure for Indiana, helping increase the state’s energy security

~$30 million

dollars to government agencies in revenue over the next 30 years

Current status

Site Selection & Preliminary Design

Stakeholder outreach

Permitting & environmental studies

Land management & biodiversity planning

Final engineering, financing & construction

Operation & maintenance

Decommissioning & recycling

Lightsource bp has developed the first commercial solar farm in St. Joseph County, IN. We will build, own, and operate a privately funded approximately $250 million, 188-megawatt dc (MWdc) solar farm east of the Town of New Carlisle.

The project will do more than generate affordable, clean energy, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.  The Honeysuckle solar farm will:

  • Create approximately 200 direct construction jobs, primarily local, in addition to hundreds of U.S. jobs across the supply chain
  • Support domestic manufacturers and low carbon products, with ultra-low carbon solar panels from First Solar, smart solar trackers from Array Technologies and steel from Nucor
  • Bring $250 million of new, privately funded renewable energy infrastructure to Indiana
  • Provide an estimated $30 million boost to the local community over the project life – additional funding for local schools and other services without a tax increase on its citizens
  • Deliver a $3 million economic development payment to St. Joseph County to be allocated by county officials as they determine best serves the community.

In February 2023, Lightsource bp and AEP Energy Partners (AEPEP), a subsidiary of American Electric Power and one of the largest wholesale energy suppliers in the country, announced a Power Purchase Agreement for Honeysuckle Solar. AEPEP will purchase the solar energy the project generates, enough to power 27,000 U.S. homes. Full construction of the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2023, with commercial operation starting in early 2024.

In developing the project, we adhered to the ordinance adopted by St. Joseph County that provides local regulatory control over solar farms. Key elements of the ordinance, which complement our best practices for solar farm development, include:

  • establishing minimum setback distances from adjacent property lines and public roads,
  • requiring pollinator-friendly seed mixes and native plants to be used as ground cover around the facility,
  • addressing maintenance and upkeep of the facility,
  • making sure appropriate drainage and traffic mitigation are provided, and
  • stipulating how the site would be decommissioned at its end of life.

Buffer zones will include a setback of not less than 75 feet from the center of any adjacent public roadway, along with a setback of at least 250 feet from any residence and 30 feet from any adjacent property.

A long-term land maintenance plan for the site will be shared with the community to guarantee the highest productivity from the farm, and to ensure it blends with the aesthetic character of the area.

Local benefits of solar projects

Job creation: The project will employ approximately 200 workers during construction, with the majority coming from the local area.

A healthier environment: 204,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be abated each year, the equivalent to emissions from over 43,000 cars.

Biodiversity conservation: Studies have confirmed that solar projects can increase wildlife populations and overall biodiversity by allowing soil and habitat to regenerate, since once constructed solar farms remain untouched for decades.

Philanthropic commitments: Lightsource bp is committed to philanthropic activities and contributing charitable donations to local organizations.

Revenue to government agencies: Approximately $30 million dollars in new revenue will flow to government agencies over the next 30 years without a tax increase on its citizens.

Community dialogue – we want to be a good neighbor

At Lightsource bp, we not only develop solar projects. We own and operate them, making us a committed long-term partner in St. Joseph County.

A critical step in all of our projects is soliciting community feedback to help shape our final plans. We welcome your questions and comments to ensure that our Honeysuckle solar farm is a great project for your community.

Solar grazing at Lightsource bp's Bellflower Solar, a utility-scale solar farm in Indiana

It’s so much more than a solar farm

A solar farm is so much more than you think. It’s a jobs farm. It’s a biodiversity farm. It’s an educational farm for local schools. It’s a new year-round type of harvest for your neighbor farmers that helps them keep their land for future generations.

Why solar?

Solar is a passive form of technology, generating emissions-free electricity that adds security to our country’s energy mix. This, combined with its ability to bring our country’s energy costs down makes it an ideal energy source for the US.

  • Solar farms are quiet, clean neighbors. They don’t emit any noise beyond the site boundaries and can be designed with screening to limit project visibility from neighbors’ residences and nearby roads.
  • With a long-term land management plan, studies have shown that solar farms can meaningfully increase wildlife populations and biodiversity.
  • Solar farms can help strengthen rural economies by creating local jobs, contributing significant annual revenue for local governments, providing dependable revenue to landowners in order to supplement farm income, and bringing multimillion dollar annual operations budgets that are primarily spent in the region.

Our responsible solar approach

Lightsource bp has a deep commitment to delivering safe, clean and affordable energy, as well as maximizing the environmental sustainability and positive social impacts of each of our projects. We call this approach responsible solar. We pay attention to every detail, from the fencing we choose to the vegetation we plant. As the project owner and operator, we want our Honeysuckle solar farm to be a great project for the local community.
Customized long term land management plans

Once a solar farm is built, it becomes a nature haven that’s undisturbed for many years. We have seen plant and wildlife habitats increase at our solar farms, and our goal is to create plans that will increase local biodiversity.

Screening and setbacks from residential areas

We design setbacks from nearby property lines, and additional trees may be planted to screen the project from neighbors’ views. We’re eager to work with our neighbors on what types of plantings they prefer.

Maintenance and upkeep

A long-term land maintenance plan for the site will be shared with the community to guarantee the highest productivity from the farm, and to ensure it blends with the aesthetic character of the area.

Pledge to recycling

Lightsource bp is committed to recycling all panels at our solar farms in the US – that includes any panels damaged during construction, operations, and all panels left at end of life of the project – at which time the installation will be dismantled, completely removed and the land returned to its original state.


Find out more about our Responsible Solar approach

Solar Synergy in Indiana:

Habitat enhancement in Indiana: Honeysuckle Solar to host co-located pollinator habitat

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Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about this project, email honeysucklesolar@lightsourcebp.com, or fill out the form below. We aim to get back to you within five working days.