2019 Indiana Solar Congress

Join us for the 2019 Indiana Solar Congress!

The Indiana Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current solar landscape and future for solar energy in Indiana.

The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved with helping to grow solar in Indiana.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! Whether you are a solar homeowner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between – this event is for you!

2019 Indiana Solar Congress

Saturday, December 7
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Englewood Christian Church
57 North Rural Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201

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9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Registration, breakfast refreshments
10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Welcome remarks
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote presentation
Indianapolis is launching an ambitious effort to expand solar access to all of the city’s residents. Katie Robinson, from the City of Indianapolis, will describe how the city will support the installation of solar for low- and moderate-income families.

Presented by:
  • Katie Robinson, Director of the Office of Sustainability, City of Indianapolis
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Group picture
10:45 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Presentations – Session 1
Track 1: Solar 101

Learn how solar can work for your home or small business, the economics behind solar, and how our solar co-ops make it easy to go solar. If you are new to solar or considering going solar, this is the session for you!

Presented by:
  • Zach Schalk, Indiana Program Director, Solar United Neighbors

Track 2: Equitable Clean Energy

What will it take for our 21st century energy system to be clean and equitable?

Presented by:
  • Denise Abdul-Rahman, NAACP
  • Asli Mwaafrika, Kheprw Institute
  • Aghilah Nadaraj, Kheprw Institute
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch and networking
Weather permitting, optional sustainability tour of Englewood Christian Church
1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Presentations – Session 2
Track 1: Indiana Electric Utilities and Rooftop Solar

Learn how Indiana’s electric utilities have stacked the deck against rooftop solar, and where we go from here to fight for better renewable energy policies.

Presented by:
  • Kerwin Olson, Executive Director, Citizens Action Coalition

Track 2: Solar Homeowners’ Roundtable

Learn what it’s like to be a solar homeowner first hand!

Presented by:
  • Pete Lenzen, Bloomington
  • Andy Arenson, Indianapolis
  • Shelly Brown, Westfield
  • Tim Moore, Carmel
2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Presentations – Session 3
Track 1: Battery Storage Technology

Learn how you can pair battery storage with solar on your home or business. The presentation will cover recent advancements in battery technology and its declining costs. It will also explore the value proposition for solar and battery storage.

Presented by:
  • Autumn Long, Regional Field Director, Solar United Neighbors

Track 2: How to Implement Solar at your Congregation: Pastors, Pennies, and Panels!

How do we get more churches to go solar? Learn the practical steps you can take to organize solar on your school. A panel of experts will discuss how they overcome the barriers to helping their facilities go solar.

Presented by:
  • Ray Wilson, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, Moderator
  • Joe Bowling, Englewood CDC
  • Bob Heimach, Irvington Presbyterian Church
  • Michael Wigginton, Shalom Mennonite
  • Dr. Saiyid Shah, Islamic Center of Evansville
3 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Solar advocacy training

Learn about the basics of advocating for better renewable energy policy in Indiana and how you can fight for your solar rights!

Presented by:
  • Zach Schalk, Indiana Program Director, Solar United Neighbors
  • Joey Myles, Solar United Neighbors of Indiana member
  • Kerwin Olson, Executive Director, Citizens Action Coalition
  • Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director, Hoosier Environmental Council
3:50 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Closing remarks
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Post-Congress Happy hour
Upland Brewing
1201 Prospect Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203