Community Solar in Indiana
Community solar is expanding nationwide, offering clean, renewable, and affordable energy access to all. However, in Indiana, this option is unavailable to utility customers.
Indiana legislators haven't yet passed the necessary legislation mandating large, investor-owned utilities to permit independent community solar projects on their grid.
Community solar is a system that allows households, businesses, houses of worship, schools, local governments, and others to join a nearby, independently (non-utility) owned solar panel project. Participants subscribe to this project and the electricity produced by the solar system is integrated into the utility grid. Subscribers receive a credit on their utility bill corresponding to the electricity generated by their share.
Community solar is a great option for consumers who cannot, or don’t want to, install solar panels on their roof or property, for any number of reasons, including:
They rent or lease their property, live in a multifamily building, or are restricted by a home-owners association.
They cannot afford the high upfront costs of installing a solar voltaic system.
They have a roof unsuitable for solar, because, for example, it is shaded by trees or doesn’t have the right size or slope.
Community solar projects are smaller than utility scale systems, so they can be built anywhere, for example on:
Abandoned industrial sites and parking lots.
Rooftops of large warehouses, stores, industrial buildings, or municipal buildings.
Unused agricultural land.
As a founding member of the Hoosiers for Community Solar Coalition, we are collaborating with coalition partners across our state. Our aim is to ensure the advantages of solar energy reach everyone in Indiana by enabling utility customers to subscribe to independently owned community solar projects. Learn more and get involved with the coalition here.
Tell your elected officials that you want to see community solar come to Indiana by completing this form!