Co-op completed

Indianapolis 2021 Solar and EV Charger Co-op

Open to residents and businesses in Indianapolis and the surrounding counties

134 members of 125 member goal

Co-op closes to new members on September 30, 2021

Time is running out for new solar owners to secure net metering. Net metering is the fair and simple way solar owners earn credits for the electricity they generate and send to their neighbors on the electric grid. But Indiana law is ending net metering for new solar owners next year. So now is the best time to go solar! Find out more here.

Imagine walking into a solar company’s office with 50 or 100 of your neighbors and saying, “We all want to get solar. What kind of deal can you give us?”

That’s a solar co-op!

In fact, it’s even better than that. In addition to competitive pricing on solar panels, you get:

  • Info to help you understand solar. Our vendor-neutral solar experts are here to help you understand how solar works and make the best decision for your energy needs.
  • A direct line to ask specific questions. You can call or email us anytime you need help. We’ll be here now and long after you install solar.
  • A team that solicits and reviews proposals from solar companies. First, Solar United Neighbors requests bids on your behalf. Then, a committee of your fellow co-op members meet to assess the pros and cons and select the best installer for the group. (Note: If that sounds interesting to you, you’re also welcome to join the selection committee!)
  • Community. You’ll join the growing solar movement. You’ll have a built-in network of support and inspiration from others who, like you, are taking a stand for energy freedom and advancing the clean energy economy.
  • A bigger impact! Going solar creates jobs, and puts energy production and its benefits back in the hands of the people and contributes to cleaner air and water for everyone. A solar co-op amplifies those outcomes exponentially.

Watch the video below to learn more about our solar co-op process and its benefits, or view our FAQs.

How does a co-op work?

Can’t make our info session?

Watch a recorded session for general information on solar, how co-ops work, and what to expect if you join.

How much does solar cost?

* 2% electricity price increase per year, 11.9 cents/kWh electricity rate, -.5%  panel degradation per year, 1,328 yearly production per 1kW of solar, does not include solar renewable energy credits or additional incentives (besides 26% federal tax credit)

***savings after 2032 assume a new rate as specified in SEA 309. The new rate will be based on the average marginal price of electricity paid by the supplier during the most recent calendar year, plus a 25% premium. Our assumption is based on 1.25 times the marginal price of electricity in Indiana from 2019 or 4.79 cents/kWh.

** reflects year one average savings – savings will grow each year as  electricity costs increase. Please note that this is a conservative estimate based on the currently available information in Indiana. A solar energy system installed today will benefit from full retail rate net metering through 2032, but your system will continue to offset a portion of your electric bill for the entirety of the system’s lifespan.

Learn More about EV Charging:

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

The Indianapolis Solar and EV Charger Solar Co-op selects Solar Energy Solutions to serve the group

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Indianapolis Solar Co-op selected Solar Energy Solutions (SES) to install solar panels for the 37-member group. In part due to the co-op selection, SES plans on adding new sales and installation staff to its local offices in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

Co-op members selected SES for their high-quality equipment offering at a competitive price and the company’s experience through a competitive bidding process facilitated by Solar United Neighbors (SUN) over four other firms. The group will hold its next public solar 101 webinar April 28 at 6 pm ET to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

“The business generated by the co-op will help to boost the local economy as it recovers from the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Zach Schalk, Indiana program director for SUN. “Co-op members will help contribute to Indiana’s economic recovery, take control of their energy production and ensure that they receive full retail rate net metering benefits before the mechanism expires next year.”

Co-op members who install solar panels this year will ensure that they receive full retail rate net metering, which allows solar owners to receive a credit on their electric bill for the electricity they send back to the grid at the same rate that they purchase electricity from their utility—an even swap. Under current law, net metering will no longer be available to new solar owners next year.  

“I joined the solar co-op to learn more about the process for installing solar at my house, and to also get a better idea of what it would cost,” said co-op member Al Edyvean, who lives in Indianapolis. “The solar co-op has been very helpful by providing webinars and other resources to make the whole process easy.”

Edyvean served on the committee of co-op members who volunteered to review proposals and choose an installer for the groups. “The selection process was extremely helpful in better understanding the offers made by different vendors. I think we made the decision that will give all group members, including myself, the best value on a solar installation,” he said.

“Solar Energy Solutions is immensely proud to be celebrating its 15-year anniversary by being selected to serve as the 2021 Indianapolis Solar Co-op installer,” said Steve Ricketts, SES Co-owner & General Manager. “SES is on a mission to push back on climate change, build Indiana’s clean energy economy and transform our legacy energy supply infrastructure.“

There’s no cost to join the solar co-op — and no commitment to go solar. By signing up for free, you’ll get a free roof review and access to SUN’s vendor-neutral resources about how solar works and how it can work for you. SES will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save on the cost of going solar with the support of fellow group members and solar experts at SUN. Co-op members can also install level 2 electric vehicle chargers and battery storage systems as part of the group.

Homeowners and small businesses living in and around Indianapolis can sign up to join the group at SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Indianapolis. 

Interested community members may attend one of SUN’s free public webinars to learn about solar energy and how the co-op process makes it easy to go solar. The next upcoming webinars will be held on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 pm and Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 pm.

Co-op launched
February 1, 2021

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Installer selected

Co-op members selected Solar Energy Solutions to be the group's installer through an open and competitive bidding process.

The company is in the process of developing personalized proposals for each co-op participant.

Co-op organizer

Zach Schalk
Indiana Program Director
Solar United Neighbors

Hello and thank you for checking out the solar co-op!
Whether you’re just curious about solar, or you’re ready to make the switch now, I’m here to help. I can answer any questions you have about solar. I’ll give you installer-neutral guidance to help you make an informed, confident decision about going solar.
I have more than a decade of experience as a communicator and organizer. I work throughout Indiana, helping communities go solar, join together, and fight for energy rights. Solar co-ops are a big part of this work!
I love seeing fellow Hoosiers harvesting sunshine to lower their electric bills and build a clean, equitable energy system in their communities!
Take a look around the co-op page, and let me know how I can help you today.

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