Solar Workshops city-carmel
Free and open to the public
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
    Carmel City Hall


Solar Open House                                                  

Northeast Carmel
Dennis Shock, 7.6 kW Solar Array
5847 Hornbean Ct, Carmel, 46033
Saturday July 1st, 2-4 p.m.

Central Carmel
Bruce Russell-Jayne, 5 kW Solar Array
1452 Rohrer R, Carmel,  46032
Saturday, July 15th, 2-4 p.m.

CAMPAIGN ENDS: Sept 30, 2017


Join us for this community education campaign to solarize Hamilton County.  The campaign kicks off on June 24th, and ends on September 30th to ensure your installation can be completed this year.

This solar campaign is for residential and commercial customers.

The CGI has partnered with City of Carmel to co-host the Solarize Hamilton County 2017 Campaign to increase understanding of solar investments, simplify the solar installation process, enable access to program discounts, and advance as many solar installations as possible in 2017.  Solarize programs leverage the best possible pricing through group discounts.

Reggie Henderson, General Manager of  Energy Solutions at Telamon Corp will launch the campaign with an overview of the benefits of solar energy including net metering and how you can benefit.  Attendees will learn the basics about solar for their home or business, how net metering affects return on investment, and how to select a solar installer.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk to  solar installers offering a group discount for the campaign.

To maximize the economic benefit of their solar investment, people need to have their solar installations done this year.  In April, Gov. Eric Holcomb passed Senate Bill 309 to phase out net metering in Indiana.  According to this new law, solar installations completed in 2017 will qualify for full net metering rates until 2047; installations completed from 2018 to 2022 will only qualify for full net metering rates until 2032; and net metering will no longer be available for installations completed after 2022.

The goal of Solarize Hamilton County is to select qualified solar installers with the best competitive prices to participate in the campaign.  So you can be sure you'll receive a good base price for your solar system. In addition, each installer offers a referral bonus and a group discount rebate depending on the total volume of sales during the campaign.

For the campaign, Carmel Green Initiative is also offering a $250 incentive rebate to the first 10 Carmel residents to install solar panels this year. Click here for details.

Solarize Hamilton County hopes to encourage, facilitate and expedite the installation of 1,000 solar panels, and was inspired by solarize programs in Bloomington, Columbus, Hoosier Solarize, Ann Arbor and other solarize programs around the country.

Local examples of solar projects:






Come prepared to get an estimate!

  • Call your electric utility and ask them to send you a 2-year history of your usage.
  • The report can be emailed to you.
  • Duke Customer Service  1-800-521-2232
  • Click here to see an example of a USAGE REPORT

CARMEL SOLAR REBATE: Click here for details.

WHAT IS NET METERING? NM is a one-for-one exchange of electricity, measured as kilowatt-hours (KWH).  The meter runs backward when you're producing excess kilowatt-hours during the daily solar peak and delivering  that excess to the local distribution grid. This excess KWH during the day is exchanged for KWH used during non-solar hours in the evening/night.  This one-for-one exchange of KWHs effectively results in energy cost savings at the retail rate, approximately 11 cents per KWH.

HOW DOES SB309 AFFECT NET METERING? The intent of the bill is to kill the free market rooftop solar industry in Indiana by phasing out net metering.  SB309 applies to homes, businesses, schools, churches and municipal buildings that want their own private solar PV systems.  It applies to all residential and commercial customers served by investor-owned utilities - Duke, IPL, Vectren, Indiana Michigan Power, and NIPSCO.  Click here to read more about SB309.

Before Dec. 31, 2017             Ends 2047
2018 – 2022                            Ends 2032
After 2022                              Not allowed

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN NET METERING ENDS? When NM is disallowed, the effective savings drops from the retail rate, approximately ~11 cents per KWH down to wholesale plus 25%, approximately 4 cents per KWH. Depending on how much solar electricity is sent to the grid (% to grid), this could have a huge impact on the economic benefit over the life of the solar panels and delays the payback period.  Click here to see a case study that illustrates this point.



Teams are coming together in Evansville, Goshen, Hamilton County, Indianapolis and South Bend, while Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Muncie, North Vernon, Northwest Indiana and Terre Haute are seeking volunteers to lead the charge. Click here to learn more about the Hoosier Solar Initiative