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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

Indiana
SOLAR MAP

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

Net Metering - Indiana state policy changes in 2017 affected distributed generation, including solar. It established a phase-out timeline for new projects to be eligible for net metering until July 1, 2022 and included a section on customer rights. 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. NOTE: NET METERING WILL NOW END EARLY ON JANUARY 1, 2022 FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL NIPSCO CUSTOMERS.

Federal Tax Credit - The 30% federal residential renewable tax credit has stepped down to 26% in 2021 and 2022. Originally scheduled to phase out completely in 2022, The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 extended the phase-out timeline. The Business Investment Tax Credit follows the phase-out for the residential credit until 2023, when the credit will remain at 10% for businesses and the residential tax credit is gone.

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.

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