The Columbus Community Solar Initiative is encouraging people to submit letters of intent to install solar panels on their home or business if they want to receive the highest possible rate for their excess energy.
A bill passed this year decreases the amount utility companies are required to pay for excess energy being produced by sources like rooftop solar panels.
If the panels are installed before December 31, they maintain their eligibility for higher reimbursement rates for 30 years.
The Columbus Community Solar Initiative has a goal of seeing 1,000 panels installed in Bartholomew County by the end of the year.
Mike Mullett is the Volunteer Administrative Coordinator for the Columbus Community Solar Initiative. He says the legislative process had an impact on the group.
“It effectively stalled the Initiative between February 5 and May 5, as far as new participants are concerned,” Mullett says.
He says the legislation’s movement in the Statehouse slowed the closing of contracts and installations for those planning to install solar panels.
Mullet estimates 420 solar panels have been installed so far as a part of the initiative, with about another 140 more in the process of being installed.
The group held a meeting last night at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus building as a part of their fourth round of installations. So far, the Initiative’s received 2 letters of intent this round.