Yesterday, Simon Property Group held a ribbon cutting for its Clay Terrace plug-In ecosystem, an energy storage and vehicle charging system. The charging station includes a combination of traditional and new fast-charge charging stations, a solar array and a battery storage system to house surplus energy for evenings and cloudy days. The facility is a collaboration between Simon Property Group, Energy Systems Network, Toshiba Corp., Duke Energy, ITOCHU Corp. and Tom Wood Automotive Group.
Before the ribbon cutting, President and CEO of Energy Systems Network Paul Mitchell, Congresswoman Susan Brooks and others spoke.
“Indiana is becoming known as an ideal location for companies and research institutions to collaborate, develop and test new clean technologies,” Mitchell said. “It’s exciting that Hoosiers have the opportunity to get the first look at these innovative systems, but even more significant to Indiana’s economy is the fact that the clean tech sector recognizes our state as a place where innovation is embraced and validated.”
Brooks pointed out the impact the private sector can have on advancements.
“This shows that good things can happen when the private sector focuses on innovation,” Brooks said.