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In January of 2017, the City launched an effort to diversify the energy supply at its own facilities and invited city and county residents to do the same with a group-buy discount through the non-profit Solarize Bloomington Initiative. Over 500 interested residents attended information sessions led by the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network in 2017 and 2018. To date, 184 homeowners have installed over 1.2 MW of solar capacity through the program. You can view a map of all known solar installations in Monroe County and beyond on SIREN’s website at https://www.sirensolar.org/solar-map/

Upcoming Solarize Sessions at Monroe County Public Library, Auditorium: 

September 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
October 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
October 22, 6:30-8:30 pm
November 14, 6:30-8:30 pm
 

The City has also installed solar PV systems at 30 locations, estimated to provide 2.8 MW of solar capacity for municipal operations. You can view a map and details of all City solar installations on the City B Clear Data Portal.  

Online solar dashboard now available! View current and past renewable electricity generation for City of Bloomington solar installations. In 2018, solar panels at City facilities generated over 1.9 million kWh of electricity.  Additional solar capacity is expected to be online at City of Bloomington Utilities facilities in 2019.
 

Indiana Solar for All

Indiana Solar for All (ISFA), an initiative of the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Living, worked with the City’s Solarize Bloomington campaign in 2018 to make grants to eight area homeowners with fixed or limited incomes to install rooftop solar systems. In addition to income qualification, ISFA selection criteria include relevant skills in construction, project management, fundraising and communications.

Homeowners selected for participation defray the cost of installing their solar system through sweat equity, by helping with several installations besides their own and by helping to grow and maintain the program.  Priority is given to households that have already taken steps to improve energy conservation and efficiency. Volunteers who satisfy the work commitments but do not meet the income guidelines can purchase equipment from ISFA’s supplier and save money on installation costs. In 2019, ISFA projects to fund 12 additional solar installations. For more information, visit ISFA