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.

SolSmart Program

MACOG is assisting local governments to make 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.

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Interactive map maintained by the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN). View data about solar energy systems installed throughout the state of Indiana, including our region. You can either view the data by individual systems or in a heat map.

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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.

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Solar Policy and Incentives

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. The 30% federal tax credit has stepped down to 26% for projects installed in 2020. In 2022, the tax credit will phase out for homeowners and remaining at 10% for businesses.

Solarize Northern Indiana

Solarize Northern Indiana is leveraging our community's buying power to make it easier and more affordable to go solar. In 2017, the initiative brought 97 new solar projects to homes, businesses, and faith congregations to the region! In summer 2019, we hosted 7 workshops throughout St. Joseph County, Elkhart County, and Marshall County.

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