The City of Carmel and Carmel Green Initiative (CGI) have partnered to co-host the Solarize Hamilton County 2017 Campaign. The goal of this community education program is 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.
"Energy independence for our country should be a goal for all Americans. By embracing solar technology, not only will our residents be contributing towards this goal, but they will also save money and reduce carbon emissions." said Mayor Jim Brainard. "The Solarize Hamilton County program gives participants a roadmap on how to save energy and it also supports local energy businesses."
The solarize campaign will be launched on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Carmel City Hall and is free and open to the public. Reggie Henderson, General Manager of Energy Solutions at Telamon Corp will give 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 select solar installers offering a group discount for the campaign.
"We're excited to partner with the City of Carmel for the solarize program to raise awareness,” said Leslie Webb, President of CGI. "To maximize the economic benefit of their solar investment, people need to have their solar installations done this year. The solarize campaign will help them do that at a good price."
In April, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed 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. Net metering gives you a credit at the full retail kilowatt price for any unused energy sent back to the grid.
For the campaign, Carmel Green Initiative is offering a $250 incentive rebate to the first 10 Carmel residents to install solar panels this year. Please visit the CGI website for details.
The campaign ends on Sept 30, 2017. For more information and to register for the campaign, please go to http://carmelgreen.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=352:solarize-2017&catid=25:cgi-evemts&Itemid=40