Two Northwest Indiana homeowners are hosting open houses on Tuesday, Sept. 14, to showcase their residential solar installations and discuss the opportunity to join a local solar co-op that is free for homeowners and businesses to join.
"Now is a great time to go solar, with the 26 percent federal tax credit still in place and Indiana’s net metering mechanism being eliminated next summer,” said Dan Robinson, Northern Indiana field organizer for Solar United Neighbors, which runs the co-op. “We're trying to make it as easy as possible for people to consider purchasing a solar system for their home or small business in order to take advantage of those financial incentives right now.”
DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021
FIRST EVENT: 9:00 AM CT
- Home of Susan Brandstetter
- 2924 Glacier Trail, Porter, Indiana 46304
SECOND EVENT: 1:00 PM CT
- Home of Faye Moore
- 515 Grace St., Michigan City, Indiana 46360
The co-op is free to join and open to homeowners and business owners in the Northwest Indiana region. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to purchase individual solar systems at a competitive price and top quality. Residents can sign up for the co-op for free; there is no requirement that they go solar.
After a competitive bidding process facilitated by SUN, which remains vendor neutral, co-op members will select a single solar company to complete the installations. Joining the co-op does not obligate members to purchase solar. Instead, members will have the option to individually purchase panels and electric vehicle chargers based on the installer’s group rate. This is the second phase of the Northwest Indiana co-op; the first phase included more than 50 local homeowners and businesses.
The solar co-op is made possible in local partnership with the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, Michigan City Sustainability Commission, 219 Green Connect, Just Transition NWI and Northwest Indiana Green Drinks.
Statewide partners include Citizens Action Coalition, Earth Charter Indiana, Hoosier EVA, Hoosier Environmental Council, Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light and the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter.
Those interested in going solar can also attend upcoming webinars and in-person information sessions. Registration for these events is available here: http://solarunitedneighbors.org/NWIndiana