Indiana Solar for All Is a non-profit program whose mission is to quickly ramp up the spread of rooftop solar to all households in Indiana while making it affordable to those who need it most.
ISFA identifies and qualifies households to receive donated materials or materials at reduced cost in return for fulfilling a volunteer labor commitment to install solar systems for themselves and the other members of their group, and to help pass on the opportunity to the next group.
Eight families were selected in the first round to receive a ten-panel, 3 kilowatt solar system. Four installations were completed in October and November 2018, and the rest in the following spring. The second round of 12 families were selected in 2019, with installation dates equally distributed between 2019 and 2020. Applications for the third round will be accepted in January 2020, here.
Initial funding came from the Solarize Bloomington campaign, an initiative jointly sponsored by the City of Bloomington and the Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN). Solarize is a group-buy arrangement that reduces prices for all participants through negotiated volume purchases. It also reduces marketing costs for installer partners, who pass on part of their savings as a contribution to Indiana Solar for All.
Recipients can fulfill their volunteer commitment in a number of ways:
- Assembling, wiring and installing the systems. Training and oversight is provided by a consulting solar contractor, Whole Sun Designs.
- Organizing, publicizing and fundraising for the program.
- Recruiting friends or family members with needed skills.
Some who volunteered in 2018 were not recipients at all. They simply donated their time to help others go solar, and to learn how to install these systems themselves. Beginning in 2019, these and other volunteers who do not meet the income requirements for free or reduced-cost solar equipment will be able to purchase panels but apply their sweat equity to be in the rotation for installation by our volunteer crews.
Solar for All is an initiative of the Center for Sustainable Living. Tax-deductible donations are welcome from individuals and organizations interested in renewable energy, community resilience, and economic equality.
Sponsors and donors
Indiana Solar for All greatly appreciates the support of our sponsors and donors. These include:
- Whole Sun Designs
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington
- Green Sanctuary Task Force of UUCB
- Solarize Bloomington participants
- St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Mission Endowment Fund
- Lesley and Geoffrey Oelsner
- Dave Debikey
- Global Gifts
- Anne Hedin
- Philip Anderson
- Carmela Senor-Euhl
- Stephanie Kimball