Solar Energy

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Governor Eric Holcomb and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Gilad Erdan were both in attendance at a groundbreaking ceremony for a massive solar project Thursday.

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The Elkhart County Commissioners voted Monday to deny the needed zoning changes for a proposed solar farm project. That’s after the county council unanimously approved the project’s economic development agreement Saturday.

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Hoosiers who want solar panels on their home only have a year to install them to get the best return on their investment. Higher net metering rates are set to expire by July 2022.

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With some state incentives for solar energy set to end next July, a co-op has launched to help Northern Indiana residents go solar before the deadline. 

Back in 2017, the state voted to lower net metering rates, meaning solar homeowners will receive less credit on their energy bill for the excess power they send back to the grid.

 

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Big solar projects in Indiana this year have already doubled the state’s solar capacity. A new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association said the state now has enough solar to power more than 111,000 homes.

NAACP Urges Utilities To Buy Into Community-Owned Solar

May 26, 2021
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The Indiana NAACP wants investor-owned utilities in the state to offer community-owned solar programs.

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Critics of solar power often point out that unlike coal or natural gas, it isn’t always available when the sun isn’t shining. But one type of solar power plant can be dispatched to the grid almost as easily as fossil fuels — the problem is, it’s expensive. Purdue University researchers are looking into ways to lower those costs, which would make these plants competitive.

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State and local leaders unveiled the 210-acre St. Joseph Solar Farm in Granger on Thursday.

Indiana Michigan Power broke ground on the farm in July 2020, and construction wrapped up this past March.

The farm is I&M's largest, with 30 football fields’ worth of solar panels. Company officials say that's enough to power more than 2,700 homes a year. 

 

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St. Joseph County was recently recognized for being “solar-friendly” and for protecting pollinator habitats in its development projects. The county received the SolSmart Gold designation for meeting national benchmarks to encourage the growth of solar energy. 

SolSmart helps local governments meet those national benchmarks by streamlining zoning approvals and reviewing planning and zoning guidelines. St. Joseph County was recognized for having efficient permitting and zoning processes and training staff on solar energy codes, among other things.

I&M To Build Large Solar Farm In St. Joeseph County

Feb 21, 2020
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Indiana Michigan Power got approval Thursday to build a large solar farm in St. Joseph County.

The solar farm is expected to generate enough power for 2,700 homes per year. I&M officials said this will be the fifth and largest solar facility they operate.

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Indiana environmentalists held a rally and met with lawmakers on Tuesday to demand better renewable energy policies in the state. 

State Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says one of his goals with the state’s Energy Policy Development Task Force is to promote solar on homes and businesses.

He says having multiple solar power sources spread throughout the state would make Indiana’s energy grid more resilient to a possible cyber attack from Iran.

Two Solar Workshops In Northern Indiana This Week

Oct 28, 2019
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The Hoosier Environmental Council is hosting two solar energy workshops this week in Valparaiso and Shipshewana.

The workshops are meant to give people an idea of how to go solar; the technology, the costs, and the benefits. 

Jesse Kharbanda is the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. 

Solarize Elkhart Workshop Works to Educate on Solar Energy

Jul 10, 2019

 

The Elkhart Environmental Center is holding an workshop Thursday evening with information about going solar.

The event is part of the Solarize Elkhart Initiative. Similar projects have happened in Goshen and South Bend. Anyone who’s interested in learning how to convert their home or business to solar energy can attend.