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NW Indiana Solar + EV Charger Co-op

Open to residents and small businesses in and around Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties.
3 months left to join the co-op
Co-op closes to new members on December 31, 2020

Imagine walking into a solar company’s office with 50 or 100 of your neighbors and saying, “We all want to get solar. What kind of deal can you give us?”

That’s a solar co-op!

In fact, it’s even better than that. In addition to competitive pricing on solar panels, you get:

  • Info to help you understand solar. Our vendor-neutral solar experts are here to help you understand how solar works and make the best decision for your energy needs.
  • A direct line to ask specific questions. You can call or email us anytime you need help. We’ll be here now and long after you install solar.
  • A team that solicits and reviews proposals from solar companies. First, Solar United Neighbors requests bids on your behalf. Then, a committee of your fellow co-op members meet to assess the pros and cons and select the best installer for the group. (Note: If that sounds interesting to you, you’re also welcome to join the selection committee!)
  • Community. You’ll join the growing solar movement. You’ll have a built-in network of support and inspiration from others who, like you, are taking a stand for energy freedom and advancing the clean energy economy.
  • A bigger impact! Going solar creates jobs, and puts energy production and its benefits back in the hands of the people and contributes to cleaner air and water for everyone. A solar co-op amplifies those outcomes exponentially.

Watch the video below to learn more about our solar co-op process and its benefits, or view our FAQs.

Consulta nuestro FAQ para más información sobre la tecnología solar y el proceso de comprar e instalar su sistema solar.

How does a co-op work?

Can’t make our info session?

Watch a recorded session for general information on solar, how co-ops work, and what to expect if you join. Plus, a virtual tour of one Hoosier family’s solar system!

How much does solar cost?

* 2% electricity price increase per year, 13.7 cents/kWh electricity rate, -.5%  panel degradation per year, 1,328 kWh yearly production per 1kW of solar, does not include solar renewable energy credits or additional incentives (besides 22% federal tax credit)

***savings after 2032 assume a new rate as specified in SEA 309. The new rate will be based on the average marginal price of electricity paid by the supplier during the most recent calendar year, plus a 25% premium. Our assumption is based on 1.25 times the marginal price of electricity in Indiana from 2019 or 4.79 cents/kWh.

NIPSCO has a feed in tariff (15.64 cents/kWh) that is still available to pay a slightly higher electric rate to homeowners with 5-10kW solar systems for no more than a 15 year contract. This rate may not be available to all co-op members but is worth discussing with the group’s chosen installer and NIPSCO.

** reflects year one average savings – savings will grow each year as  electricity costs increase. Please note that this is a conservative estimate based on the currently available information in Indiana. A solar energy system installed today will benefit from full retail rate net metering through 2032, but your system will continue to offset a portion of your electric bill for the entirety of the system’s lifespan.

Learn More about EV Charging:

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

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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