December 12, 2019

Indianapolis Solar Project Targets Low Income Families



A new project aims to provide solar energy for low income households in Indianapolis, the pilot program fits into the city’s new sustainability plan.

Thrive Indianapolis, the city’s first action plan in this arena, was established earlier this year. Director of the Office of Sustainability, Katie Robinson says it includes a commitment to renewable sources.

"Obviously solar is one of those sources and we wanted to make sure that it was accessible to all," says Robinson.

Robinson says the benefits will be long term.

"They’re taking advantage of the federal income tax credit, solar renewable energy credits, the increased property value associated with a project like this," says Robinson, "so many benefits that we are making sure are accessible to everyone."

An estimated 20 families will be able to benefit from the program.

It’s a partnership between the City and nonprofit Solar United Neighbors, and Indiana Program Director Zach Schalk says households will receive installation, equipment and more.

"Achieving their energy independence and they are in control of where their energy is coming from," says Schalk. 

Indianapolis has a goal to have 20 percent of its energy coming from renewable sources by 2025.

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