2018 SOLARIZE KICKS OFF
Starting in May, homeowners, businesses and nonprofits in Bloomington and surrounding counties – Greene, Lawrence, Morgan, Orange and Owen – will have another opportunity to install solar panels at favorable rates as part of the third round of the Solarize initiative. As an added benefit, Duke Energy customers will be able to lock in net metering incentives until 2032 for solar purchases made this year.
The City of Bloomington has renewed its partnership with SIREN for Solarize 2018 to demonstrate its ongoing support for renewable energy. The program lowers the barriers to solar adoption for all residents, while providing seed money for Solar For All grants to lower-income households. Solarize 2018 pricing is similar to that for 2017.
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WHO WE ARE
Since 2008, the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN) has been a leading educator and promoter of renewable energy and energy conservation in the state of Indiana. As a project of the 501 (c) 3 non-profit Center for Sustainable Living (CSL), SIREN is a independent, non-partisan, volunteer-run group with a specific focus on promoting solar power including photovoltaic (electricity), solar hot water, and solar air heating furnaces for homes, businesses, churches, governmental buildings, and schools. Visit our SIREN History & Milestones page to learn more about our history. To learn about our newly launched project, Monroe County Solar for All, go to sfa.sirensolar.org.
WHAT WE DO
SIREN’s main activity is presenting free public Going Solar programs at libraries, churches and civic groups. We help people learn about solar and renewable energy because one of the barriers to solar adoption in the Midwest is lack of awareness of its performance, cost and availability.
Additional activities include:
- Providing public outreach and education on energy conservation and renewable energy through events such as energy fairs, speaker presentations, films and demonstration projects.
- Promoting the adoption of renewable energy systems in our schools and other public buildings.
- Facilitating cooperation among renewable energy consumers, system installers, electric utilities and state and local government.
- Providing grant writing assistance to community organizations preparing to go solar.
- Visiting homeowners and providing a site pre-assessment of their home’s potential for solar panels, etc.
Donations are welcome from individuals and business supporters who are interested in renewable energy.
If you have a solar energy system in your home, be sure to ask about our “Powered by the Sun” sign!
The SIREN community consists of hundreds of Indiana solar owners, installers, presenters, and green allies who communicate with each other by email over the public SIREN forum/mailing list, which you are welcome to join. We also hold informal gatherings where new and old members of the community meet to exchange information. Contact us if you are interested in attending one.
These are the current members of the SIREN Steering Committee.
- Anne Hedin
- Cliff Burk
- Darrell Boggess
- Pete Lenzen
- Woodie Bessler
Recent past members of the SIREN Steering Committee include:
- Arvind Gopu
- Chandra Romel
- Jeanne Leimkuhler
- Lavanya Pashikanti
- Rhonda Baird
- Terry Usrey