2008 – SIREN Volunteer Organization Formed!

July 1, 2008

2008 – SIREN Volunteer Organization Formed!

The Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN) was created to promote an alternative energy model and to reduce dependence on coal.  It was a DIY, mutual aid group.  In “barn-raising” style, SIREN members personally installed three solar systems in Monroe…

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SIREN becomes a CSL project

August 1, 2008

SIREN becomes a CSL project

SIREN became a project of The Center for Sustainable Living, a 501 (c) 3 organization.  

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SIREN and INREA co-sponsor solar tour

July 1, 2010

SIREN and INREA (Indiana Renewable Energy Association) co-sponsored a Solar Tour of over 30 homes and business in Bloomington and Monroe County with solar PV, solar thermal, solar air heating and passive solar design.  

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SIREN sponsors Energy Showdown

August 1, 2010

SIREN sponsored an Energy Showdown. The contest awarded prizes to participants who achieved the greatest percentage reduction in their electricity bills. Collectively, the contestants saved more than 11.5 megawatt hours of electricity. The grand prize winners, Woodie and Pam Bessler, reduced their total electrical…

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SIREN gives first Going Solar presentation

May 5, 2011

Earth Care, a local interfaith group focusing on energy conservation, invited SIREN to present a public program describing the performance, cost, availability and carbon reduction of renewable energy.  Woodie Bessler authored the first Going Solar program, presented in May at…

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50+ destinations on 2011 Solar Tour

July 1, 2011

The Solar Tour was repeated as part of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour. This year there were more than 50 homes and businesses on the tour.  

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2011 – SIREN presents 5 Going Solar programs

December 31, 2011

SIREN volunteers gave a total of 5 Going Solar presentations in 2011, all in Bloomington..

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SIREN volunteers lead Solar Bicycling Tour

July 1, 2012

SIREN volunteers led and narrated a Solar Bicycling Tour of  8 residential installations on June 23.  

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SIREN helps H-IPL to win $150,000 OED grant

December 1, 2012

SIREN volunteers provided grant writing assistance to the Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light (H-IPL) to thank H-IPL affiliate Earth Care for inviting us to give the first Going Solar program. Through a grant from the Indiana Office for Energy Development, six congregations (4…

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2012 – SIREN presents 8 Going Solar programs

December 31, 2012

SIREN volunteers Woodie Bessler, Darrell Boggess and Terry Usrey presented 8 Going Solar programs in Bloomington this year.

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SIREN Interactive Inventory Map created

July 1, 2013

SIREN volunteer Terry Usrey created the Solar Inventory Database and interactive map. Originally conceived of as an online virtual solar tour, it has evolved into a unique site registry annually updated by solar contractors.  

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2013 – SIREN presents 10 Going Solar programs

December 31, 2013

SIREN volunteers Woodie Bessler, Darrell Boggess, and Terry Usrey presented 10 Going Solar programs in 2013. For the first time, programs were given outside Bloomington; the speakers addressed audiences in Columbus, Evansville and Indianapolis.  

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SIREN supports MCEC

August 1, 2014

SIREN became one of the community sponsors for Monroe County’s successful application to compete in the Georgetown University Energy Prize.  Four SIREN volunteers serve on committees in the Monroe County Energy Challenge.  

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2014 – SIREN presents 12 Going Solar programs

December 31, 2014

SIREN volunteers presented 12 Going Solar programs around the state in 2014.  Arvind Gopu and Chandra Romel made their debut as presenters; Woodie Bessler, Darrell Boggess and Terry Usrey continued in that role.  

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Changes in SIREN and CSL

February 10, 2015

As Jeanne Leimkuhler, CSL board president and SIREN Steering member, prepared to move to California, two other SIREN  members assumed new responsibilities in CSL, our parent organization. Rhonda Baird, formerly SIREN’s program coordinator, become the new CSL president and Chandra Romel…

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SIREN takes high school class on a solar tour

March 15, 2015

SIREN volunteers Anne Hedin and Darrell Boggess led a Solar Tour tailored to the needs of a high school Environmental Sciences class. Woodie Bessler provided additional classroom support.  

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SIREN nominated for Be More award

April 28, 2015

SIREN was nominated for a Be More Sustainable Award. The Be More Awards in 10 categories are offered by the  City of Bloomington Volunteer Network to recognize the efforts of dedicated volunteers and organizations.

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SIREN assists H-IPL on second OED grant

May 1, 2015

With assistance from SIREN and the Center for Sustainable Living, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light obtained a second OED grant for $100,000, enabling congregations in Bloomington, Gary, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, and Merrillville to go solar. SIREN will serve as technical adviser…

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SIREN relaunches website

August 14, 2015

SIREN relaunches website

SIREN unveils revamped website including more user friendly Solar Q&A, contractor list, event listing, etc. SIREN volunteer Arvind Gopu developed this site with assistance on content and usability from  Anne Hedin and Lavanya Pashikanti.

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2015 – SIREN presents 18 Going Solar programs

December 31, 2015

In the fifth year since beginning to offer Going Solar programs, SIREN volunteers including Arvind Gopu, Darrell Boggess, Cliff Burk, Chandra Romel, Terry Usrey, and Woodie Bessler presented to 18 audiences around the state – a 50% increase from the…

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SIREN unveils redesigned solar map

February 13, 2016

SIREN unveils redesigned solar map

The SIREN solar map since its inception in July 2013 has been one of the most appreciated feature on our website. This past winter SIREN volunteers Arvind Gopu and Soichi Hayashi  worked on a complete redesign of the Solar Map…

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SIREN unveils updated contractor listing

March 26, 2016

SIREN unveils updated contractor listing

SIREN introduces an updated Contractor Listing page, including a simpler tabular listing and dynamic one-page printable PDF. The new version features a more modern user interface that responds elegantly to different screen sizes as well as a simplified back-end for…

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2016 – Announcing SIREN Name Change!

March 26, 2016

SIREN changes its full name to Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network. Since 2008, SIREN has been a leading educator and promoter of renewable energy sources and energy conservation in south central Indiana. Through the years, we began reaching audiences well beyond that…

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Woodie Bessler wins Be More Sustainable award

April 1, 2016

The City of Bloomington recognized Woodie Bessler for his volunteer work with SIREN and the Monroe County Energy Challenge.  Woodie authored the first Going Solar program, which has since been given more than 50 times to approximately 1,000 people. In support…

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