Solar Energy

Solar Energy

The Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) partnered with The Solar Foundation to host a SolSmart Advisor starting in early 2017. Since then, MACOG continues to work with communities to understand solar energy technology, policies and procedures to implement solar projects, and as a training resource for continued development.

Solar Education Resources


Interactive map maintained by the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN). View data on solar energy systems installed throughout the state of Indiana, including our region. View as individual systems or as a heat map, filter by year, utility, and sector. Data available for download.

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Pollinator-Friendly Solar

In 2020, MACOG developed a technical guide to assist land owners, solar developers, and local governments in implementing pollinator-friendly solar projects. Clean energy projects are a great opportunity to improve the soil over the life of the project and incorporate other benefits such as conservation, pollination of agricultural crops, decreased stormwater runoff and erosion, and improved natural aesthetics. Version 2 (June 2021) includes the Indiana Scorecard from Purdue.

View Guide (Version 2) APA-Indiana Seminar Indiana Pollinator Scorecard

Solar Policy and Incentives

Post-Net Metering - Indiana state policy changes in 2017 affected distributed generation, including solar. It phased out net metering for new projects by July 2022 and included a section on customer rights. The Excess Distributed Generation (EDG) tariffs that replaced Net Metering are updated annually. For example the 2023 rates for NIPSCO and Indiana Michigan Power are roughly 8 to 8.5 cents per kWh for all exported kWh, measured instantaneously, up from about 4.5 cents/kWh in 2022. In addition, Indiana Code previously established the right to access solar energy and permits private entities to enter into a solar easement voluntarily to protect access to sunlight for a solar energy system in the future.

Federal Tax Credit - The federal renewable energy tax credits were due to expire but underwent extensive changes under the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020. See the DSIRE links below for the latest updates on available tax credits.

"Go Solar" Programs - Currently Closed
Utility Resources
Local Community Resources

SolSmart Program

MACOG assisted 7 local governments in making it easier, faster and cheaper for residents, businesses and others in our region to go solar through the SolSmart program, funded by the Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. Local governments earned designation in 2017 - 2021. In 2022, MACOG was recognized through the new Regional Organization Pathway for cultivating a solar-friendly region. 

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