James – Indianapolis, Indiana

October 14, 2022 Homeowner stories, Indiana

Solar United Neighbors made the process amazingly easy.

James – Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Solar Co-op

System size: 10.36kW

Why did you decide to go solar?

Going solar was part of a larger effort to update and improve overall efficiency of the home we recently purchased. We replaced all the 1970s era windows, patio doors, exterior doors, new roof, removed and replaced all existing old cellulose attic insulation. We replaced the garage door with a top rated insulated door. We are a 100% electric home. Our goal was to make the house as efficient as possible for the time when we both are retired. We also wanted to have more control over the cost of power, given the increasing cost of electricity. “Going solar” was the obvious final upgrade. That decision was especially timely given the Indiana law regarding net metering. We were able to have the solar system installed and running before the July 1, 2022 deadline. We installed the Tesla Power Wall also. We have it connected so it acts like a generator if we lose power. I highly recommend adding the battery to your system. It makes so much sense.

What was the process like for you?

Connecting with Solar United Neighbors made the process amazingly easy. We were able to find practical and understandable information regarding all of the technology and how to proceed. The recommended contractor was great. We had no issues with the installation process.

Have any of your habits changed since going solar?

What has been the most surprising is the new understanding of how we use electricity. The Tesla App allows us to see just what power the range uses, the heat pump, the clothes dryer, etc. That information has helped us reduce our electricity use and how we use electricity. I am not an engineer, but I am now really “into” learning about the technology and use. When we finally replace our aging car it will be with an electric car.

Have you seen electricity savings since going solar?

Once the system was up and running, we immediately were banking kWh hours each month.

Have you been involved in any solar advocacy since becoming a solar owner?

Informally, yes. Our home is on the main street of our neighborhood. Neighbors have stopped by and asked about the system. Friends who visit are very interested. Nearly anyone who hears about us having the solar system wants to know what, how, when etc.

What advice would you give to someone considering going solar?

Join the Solar Neighbors group. Use the resources available. Have the initial evaluation done. If it makes sense, go for it!