Indiana Lags Behind in Solar Power: How Community Solar Can Help Us Shine Brighter

Solar panels in a community solar array surrounded by wildflowers that can help increase pollination

Indiana has been ranked as the least solar-friendly state in the nation, according to a new study by Consumer Affairs. This is due to a number of factors, including a lack of net metering policies, high upfront costs for solar panels and limited access to financing.

However, for Hoosiers hoping our state can adopt more clean energy and move toward a renewable future, there could a glimmer of hope on the horizon: community solar.

Community solar allows residents to subscribe to a local solar farm and receive bill credits for their share of the clean energy produced. This can make solar energy more affordable and accessible for everyone, regardless of their income or homeownership status.

Here are some of the benefits of community solar:

  • Affordability: Community solar eliminates the upfront costs of installing solar panels, making it more affordable for everyone.
  • Accessibility: Community solar makes solar energy available to renters, people who live in apartments or condos, and those who don’t have a suitable roof for solar panels.
  • Environmental benefits: Community solar helps to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and combat climate change.
  • Economic benefits: Community solar creates local jobs and boosts the economy.

Indiana has the potential to be a leader in solar energy. By embracing community solar, we can create a cleaner, more affordable, and more equitable energy future for all Hoosiers.