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Boone County Solar Co-op

Open to residents and small businesses in and around Boone County, Indiana

18 members of 50 member goal

2 months left to join the co-op
Co-op closes to new members on September 30, 2020

Boone County and Hamilton County Solar Co-ops release RFP

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Boone County and Hamilton County Solar Co-ops release RFP

The 24-member Boone County and Hamilton County Solar Co-ops today issued a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. The group members created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters.

Local installers interested in serving the group can download the RFP and response template here. Area residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web pages:

The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save up off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

Boone County and Hamilton County residents go solar together

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Two counties launch latest co-ops to bring more residential solar, energy freedom to Indiana communities

Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors has launched two solar co-ops in Indiana—in Boone and Hamilton Counties. The co-ops will help homeowners and small business owners to go solar together, using bulk purchasing to secure competitive pricing. 

Instead of an in-person community meeting, Solar United Neighbors hosted a free virtual event to launch the co-ops. The event included a solar home tour and a presentation about solar technology and economics.

“We wanted to give attendees practical information about going solar and joining the solar co-ops,” said Zach Schalk, Indiana program director for Solar United Neighbors. “We’re excited to engage with Hoosiers who are interested in joining a co-op, as well as folks who just want to learn more about solar energy.”

“We are excited to partner with Solar United Neighbors to empower residents to move forward with clean, renewable energy,” said Zionsville Mayor Emily Styron. The Town of Zionsville is partnering with Solar United Neighbors to host the co-op in Boone County. “If you have ever thought about installing solar, this is a great way to learn more and get started.”

The solar co-ops are cost- and commitment-free. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage bulk purchasing to ensure competitive pricing and quality solar installations. 

“We look at the solar system as a part of our overall retirement investment portfolio,” said homeowner Terry McCain, who showcased his solar array at the virtual co-op kickoff.  “Reducing monthly expenses reduces income needs. From an investment return perspective, the solar system has a financial return greater than investment grade bonds but generally less than stocks. However, the solar investment is immune to the volatility of the stock market; which, in 2020 is a good thing.”

After a competitive bidding process facilitated by Solar United Neighbors, co-op members will select a single solar company to complete the installations. Joining a co-op does not obligate members to purchase solar. Instead, members will have the option to individually purchase panels and electric vehicle chargers based on the installer’s group rate. 

Solar United Neighbors has hosted three solar co-ops in Indiana since April 2019. According to the group’s estimates, the 38 homes and businesses that now have solar panels because of co-ops represent: 395.4 kW of solar power, $1.2 million in local solar spending, and more than 14.5 million lbs. of lifetime carbon offsets.

Interested individuals can click here to watch the webinar event or join the Boone County Solar Co-op or Hamilton County Solar Co-op.

Co-op Partners

  • For Boone County: the Town of Zionsville, Boone County Voices for Change, Earth Charter Indiana, Citizens Action Coalition, Hoosier EVA, Hoosier Environmental Council, Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, and Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter
  • For Hamilton County: Solarize Hamilton County, the Cities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield; as well as Carmel Green Initiative, Westfield Green Together, Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter, Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, Hoosier Environmental Council, Hoosier EVA, Citizens Action Coalition, and Earth Charter Indiana.
Co-op launched
April 8, 2020

Co-op organizer

Zach Schalk
Indiana Program Director
Solar United Neighbors

Hello and thank you for checking out the solar co-op!

Whether you’re just curious about solar, or you’re ready to make the switch now, I’m here to help. I can answer any questions you have about solar. I’ll give you installer-neutral guidance to help you make an informed, confident decision about going solar.

I have more than a decade of experience as a communicator and organizer. I work throughout Indiana, helping communities go solar, join together, and fight for energy rights. Solar co-ops are a big part of this work!

I love seeing fellow Hoosiers harvesting sunshine to lower their electric bills and build a clean, equitable energy system in their communities!

Take a look around the co-op page, and let me know how I can help you today.

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