Indiana Solar for All Is a non-profit program formed by Stephanie Kimball 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 have been completed as of November 2018, with the rest scheduled for the spring. Applications for the next round will be available in January 2019
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 volunteers this year are not recipients at all. They simply heard about the program and turned up to learn how to install solar. That may change when Phase 2 of the Solar for All vision rolls out. In Phase 2 (tbd), we anticipate that ISFA members would raise the money among themselves to make a bulk purchase and help each other install their systems.
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.