In 2021, Solarize is partnering with Solar United Neighbors on a solar co-op! Visit the Northern Indiana solar co-op for more information! For Solarize teams that are active in other parts of Indiana (Columbus, Bloomington, Evansville, etc.), Visit the website for our affiliated state-wide non-profit organization Solarize Indiana to learn more!
Yes, we have enough sun here! More than Germany, the world’s solar leader. Prices have declined significantly since 2010, making the benefits of solar energy more accessible. Solar energy has been spreading across northern Indiana over the last decade.
In 2017, Solarize Northern Indiana was one of many grassroots volunteer teams across the state that led solar initiatives in response to a state law that began a 5 year process of phasing out net metering. The effort in Northern Indiana started with South Bend and Goshen and in 2019 expanded to include Elkhart and Marshall County. The aim was to make solar even more affordable by leveraging our purchasing power together across the region.
In 2017 and 2019, more than 500 people attended workshops to learn about whether their home or business might be suitable and to identify barriers like shading, roof orientation, roof condition, cost, or extra approval steps required by Homeowners Associations or local Historic Districts.
Solarize Northern Indiana has assisted over 100 households and several churches and local businesses in going solar. In 2017, most of the projects were concentrated around Goshen and South Bend were the initiative was focused, as shown in the maps below:
After the 2017 initiative, the number of residential solar projects within the City of Goshen limits quadrupled from 11 to 52.
The number of South Bend solar homes jumped from 6 to 22 (Maps exclude new non-Solarize projects).
For a map of solar projects across Indiana, visit www.sirensolar.org to track the growth of solar across Indiana!