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Facts on the Indiana Solar Industry

  • There are currently more than 82 solar companies1 at work throughout the value chain in Indiana, employing 1,567 people2.
  • In 2015, Indiana installed 24 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 21st nationally3.
  • In 2015, $38 million was invested on solar installations in Indiana.   
  • The 150 MW of solar energy currently installed in Indiana ranks the state 18th in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 16,000 homes.
  • Over the next five years, Indiana is expected to install 345 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking the state 26th over that time span. This amount is more than 3 times the amount of solar installed over the last five years.
  • Installed solar PV system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 66% from 2010.

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SEIA Indiana State Policy Priorities

  • Promote distributed generation (including wholesale DG) policies.
  • Ensure future access to net metering for solar customers.
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure reasonable and equitable property taxation treatment for solar systems.

Notable Solar Installations in Indiana

  • Indianapolis International Airport Solar Farm was completed in 2014 by developer Telamon Corporation and Johnson Melloh Solutions.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 17.5 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 1,800 Indiana homes4
  • At 9 MW, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Solar Farm is among the largest solar installations in Indiana.  Completed in 2014 by SunWize Technologies and Blue Renewable Energy, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 1,000 homes5.
  • Several large retailers in Indiana have gone solar, including General Motors. It has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 14 kW of solar capacity at their location in Roanoke6.

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Solar Companies in Indiana

There are currently more than 82 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Indiana.  These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels.  These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 27 manufacturers, 14 manufacturing facilities, 32 contractor/installers, 1 project developer, 10 distributors and 12 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

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How much do solar panels cost in Indiana?

Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Indiana.

Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Indiana.

Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.

Finding the right solar company for you:

There are many solar companies in Indiana offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.

Indiana State Solar Policy Resources

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission - 

Indiana Renwable Energy Association - Keep up on the state of renewable energy in Indiana.

Indiana General Assembly- Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Indiana

Indiana Office of Energy Development - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics

DSIRE Incentives Database - Indiana -  Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Indiana and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration- Indiana State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government

 

2The Solar Foundation, 2015 National and State Solar Jobs Census, www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/
3This and all other data in this section from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight
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