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Bloomington Solar Panel Initiative To Bring Afforable Energy To Low Income Households

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A solar panel initiative that offers low income residents access to renewable energy is returning to Bloomington.

The city is partnering with Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network to help fund rooftop solar panel installations for 12 local homeowners.

Autumn Salamack, Bloomington’s assistant director of sustainability, says the program aims to reach a group with a large equity potential.

“Folks who are lower income are often the folks who could benefit the most from renewable technologies that could help reduce long-term energy cost, but they often are the ones who have the least ability to access those resources,” Salamack says. 

The “Indiana Solar For All” initiative brought rooftop solar systems to eight families last year.

Salamack says she hopes the program expands and contributes to the city’s larger sustainability goal.

“Indiana Solar For All and renewable electricity generation in general is a key element in helping us reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the community and provide cost effective long-term energy solutions for our community," she says. 

The city also released its first Sustainability Action Plan last year which outlines a five-year plan to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Homeowners can submit an application online through Jan. 31.

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