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Solar Energy Resources

Solar ResourcesSolar Benefits

Solar energy uses a renewable energy source – the sun – and provides many benefits for individuals and the community. It improves environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, supports local solar companies in Indiana, saves money on energy costs as the price continues to drop from technological developments, and improves electric grid resilience during peak demand and other stresses to the system.

Solar Maps and Potential

Investigate your property’s solar potential by visiting the Google Project Sunroof website. You can also estimate the performance of potential PV projects using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s PVWatts Calculator. To view a solar map of Carmel as a whole, click here.

Finding a Contractor and Going Solar

Find a solar contractor (or two or three) to assess your home for solar energy and provide a quote.

  • Certified practitioners can be found through NABCEP.

  • Visit EnergySage to learn about solar energy and submit for solar quotes from a network of pre-screened, local solar installers.

  • Consumer Solar Checklist – a checklist for residential consumers considering solar energy from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

  • Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights – ensure a positive consumer experience by addressing important issues from IREC, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

  • Solar Customer Resource Portal – various resources from SEIA, Solar Energy Industries Association.

Active Solar Installers in the Hamilton County Area:

Get Involved, Stay Informed

  • Solarize Indiana: a non-profit, apolitical, volunteer-based organization that educates people on the benefits of solar and advocates within city governments for the transition to renewable energy sources.

  • Solar United Neighbors (Hamilton County): a Solar co-op that leverages bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation.

Financing, Incentives, and Tax Exemptions

Typically solar installations are paid for through loans or cash, with Federal and State incentives available.

  • A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing – learn about different financing options from CESA, the Clean Energy States Alliance.

  • Indiana has a “net metering policy” which allows residents and businesses to sell solar-generated energy back to the grid at a 1:1 ratio. This program is set to expire in July of 2022, so it is important to enroll before that date!

  • There is a federal tax credit available for 26% of the total system installation cost. This is offered to both residential and business applicants. At the end of 2022 this tax credit will begin phasing down.

  • For any solar system installed after December 31, 2011, the assessed value of the system is exempt from property tax in the state of Indiana.

  • For other incentives, take a look at this list put together by Solarize Indiana.

  • For information on the average cost of solar installations in Hamilton county, visit Energy Sage here.

  • The co-op created by the Solar United Neighbors of Indiana provides an opportunity for solar installation at a discounted cost. Visit their website here.

Job Training and Educational Opportunities

  • The Solar Foundation’s Solar Training Network (Career Connections, Education & Workforce Partnerships).

  • Solar energy information sessions are offered throughout Hamilton county by the Solar United Neighbors of Indiana, find more information here.

  • A&R Solar: This website displays the variety of job positions available within the growing field of solar panel manufacture and installation.

Local Solar Projects

Link to the City of Carmel and Telamon corporation’s solar array project.