Solar Energy Resources 

Solar Energy Resources & Webinars

Best practices for solar development and ordinances are continuously evolving. The resources on this page include a Model Solar Ordinance, Renewable Energy Siting Guide, and webinar presentations that address topics of interest such as pollinator-friendly solar installation and maintenance, ordinance best practices, and decommissioning.

For more resources, visit the Department of Energy SolSmart Resources collection or contact MACOG to direct you to relevant information. Resources include guidance on solar for historic buildings, online training for code officials and fire departments, permitting best practices, and example ordinance language.


Photo Credit: Fresh Energy, Center for Pollinators in Energy



IU Environmental Resilience Institute, Resources published December 2020

For more information visit the IU ERI Renewable Energy page or access the documents below:

Model Solar Ordinance for Indiana Local Governments

Renewable Energy Siting Guide

APA-Indiana Seminar, July 30 (virtual)
Planning Beyond the Panels:
Solar & Land Use

Access Seminar Recording.

Links to presentation slides below:

National Overview: Pollinator-Friendly Solar

Rob Davis, Fresh Energy

State & Regional Overview on Solar in Indiana

Leah Thill, MACOG

Local Pollinator Solar Pilot Project

Adam Thada

The Center at Donaldson & Ancilla College

Pollinator Installation & Maintenance

Chris Kline & Mark O'Brien, Cardno

Indiana Model Ordinance Development

Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute



Funding and Installing Solar Energy in Your Community

IU Environmental Resilience Institute

Speakers: MACOG, City of South Bend Office of Sustainability, Ben Davis High School

More webinars for IU ERI.  

Large-Scale Solar: Best Practices in Planning & Zoning

DOE SolSmart Program

Highlights pollinator-friendly solar, decommissioning, and end-of-life for panels

Best Practices in Planning & Zoning for Solar

DOE SolSmart Program

Overview of best practices for incorporating solar in to comprehensive plans, development regulations, permitting, and local programs. Highlights historic districs, glare concerns, and opportunities for brownfields