New coalition launching to support community solar in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — A new coalition, Hoosiers for Community Solar, will launch this week to support the development of statewide policy to expand access to solar energy, help customers avoid large upfront installation costs, and provide an alternative to individuals, schools, and businesses who are unable to place solar systems on their property.

The coalition will hold a kickoff press conference at the Indiana Statehouse on Wednesday, April 12:


WHAT: Hoosiers for Community Solar Kickoff

WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 1 p.m. 

WHERE: Fourth Floor South, Indiana Statehouse

Members of the coalition will speak briefly about the need to educate Hoosiers about the benefits of community solar and push for potential legislative policy changes that will ensure access to community solar across the state. 

“Community solar” refers to a solar energy system where multiple customers, including households, small businesses, churches, schools, and local governments, can subscribe to receive a credit on their utility bill for a share of the power that the solar panels of a community facility can produce.

The coalition includes organizations representing different constituencies that share a vision for:

  • Community and other independent ownership of community solar
  • Tangible savings for subscribers
  • Competitive and transparent markets for community solar development
  • Equitable access to the benefits of community solar for all Hoosiers

Founding organizations include:

  • Solar United Neighbors
  • Citizens Action Coalition
  • Indiana Conservative Alliance for Energy
  • Coalition for Community Solar Access
  • Evangelical Environmental Network
  • Audubon Great Lakes
  • Indiana Nature Conservancy
  • Indiana Conservation Voters
  • Indiana DG
  • Land and Liberty Coalition
  • Conservatives for a Clean Energy Future
  • Faith in Place
  • Hoosier Environmental Council
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby Indiana