Indianapolis program boosting low-income solar power access

Solar panels

A new program is starting that aims to have the homes of up to 20 low and middle-income Indianapolis families running on solar power free of charge by the end of 2020.

Posted: Dec 16, 2019 10:00 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new program is starting that aims to have the homes of up to 20 low and middle-income Indianapolis families running on solar power free of charge by the end of 2020.

The program, a partnership between the city of Indianapolis and the national nonprofit Solar United Neighbors, will provide grants toward the estimated $5,000 to $20,000 cost of installing solar panels for a home.

The goal is to make solar power accessible to more homes, city Office of Sustainability Director Katie Robinson said.

Indianapolis homeowners with an income at or less than 80% of the area's median household income are eligible for grant funding through this program. A family of four with an income of $63,900 would be eligible.

The households selected will receive the installation and equipment, said Zach Schalk, the Indiana program director for Solar United Neighbors.

"We're really viewing this as a kind of pilot program, a proven concept to see a low-income solar program and what kind of impact it can have in Indianapolis," Schalk said. "Hopefully turning around and being able to design something that will be a little more ambitious beyond 2020."

West Lafayette
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 78°
Kokomo
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 74°
Rensselaer
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Fowler
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 75°
Williamsport
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 73°
Crawfordsville
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 71°
Frankfort
Scattered Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 76°
Delphi
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 78°
Monticello
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 78°
Logansport
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 73°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 48524

Reported Deaths: 2698
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11682684
Lake5180242
Elkhart330146
Allen2798132
St. Joseph196466
Cass16389
Hamilton1563101
Hendricks1410100
Johnson1288118
Porter73237
Tippecanoe7268
Madison65964
Clark65544
Bartholomew58644
LaPorte58026
Howard57757
Kosciusko5494
Vanderburgh5486
Marshall4904
Noble48228
Jackson4723
LaGrange4709
Hancock45035
Boone44543
Delaware44550
Shelby42625
Floyd38144
Morgan32931
Monroe30028
Grant29526
Montgomery29420
Clinton2892
Henry27415
Dubois2736
White26510
Decatur25032
Lawrence24625
Dearborn23823
Vigo2358
Harrison21822
Warrick21829
Unassigned193193
Greene18932
Miami1832
Jennings17611
Putnam1698
DeKalb1624
Scott1627
Daviess14317
Wayne1406
Orange13623
Perry1299
Steuben1292
Franklin1248
Jasper1212
Ripley1177
Wabash1122
Carroll1102
Fayette997
Newton9810
Starke933
Whitley925
Gibson812
Huntington812
Randolph794
Wells731
Fulton721
Jefferson722
Jay680
Washington671
Pulaski661
Knox640
Clay604
Rush583
Adams501
Owen491
Benton480
Sullivan451
Posey420
Brown391
Spencer381
Blackford372
Crawford320
Fountain322
Tipton321
Switzerland270
Parke230
Martin220
Ohio170
Vermillion140
Warren141
Union130
Pike110

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events