Solar Uniting Neighbors (SUN) is a program of Prosperity Indiana to provide access to solar energy technology to Indiana communities at highly competitive prices, in a simple, easy process while providing information and limited funding to qualifying community organizations within the Duke Energy service territory.
Our program will focus on helping to provide solar technology to organizations that serve low income residents through project funding. SUN funding recipients must be Duke Energy customers. The funding portion of this program is provided by a settlement agreement reached between Duke Energy Indiana, Citizens Action Coalition, Save the Valley, Sierra Club, Valley Watch, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Duke Industrial Group, and Nucor Steel. Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED), dba Prosperity Indiana, was named in the settlement agreement as the administrator of the funds. Funding is available, via the settlement, for the purchase and installation of solar installations of less than 0.5MW for community, educational, religious, and nonprofit organizations that serve low income individuals in the Duke Energy Indiana service territory.
Prosperity Indiana and its partners will also facilitate solarize programs in multiple Indiana communities in the Duke Energy service area. In each selected community, SUN will establish a competitive bidding process for a group buy of solar installations for residential and non-residential customers. Community solarize program participation is available to all Indiana residential Duke Energy customers, as well as surrounding residents who are not customers of Duke Energy. All participants will enjoy a discounted price for installed solar energy systems from the solarize program.
Finally, as part of the group purchase agreement, solar installers and solarize program participants will provide donations equivalent to 5% of the total community solarize project to fund solar installations for low income households. A win-win-win scenario!
View our program press release here.
How do I participate?
Individuals, businesses, and nonprofits can participate in group purchases to reduce the costs of going solar. Qualifying community organizations and low income residents may be eligible for limited funding. If you or your organization is interested in participating and taking advantage of the benefits provided by the SUN program, please provide initial information using our SUN Interest form.
After we collect your information, we will send you updates about SUN information sessions within your community to help familiarize you with our program and what you will gain through participation. Visit our FAQs for more information and additional resources.
Upcoming SUN Events
27 Jun 2017 12:00 PM • New Hope Services, 725 Wall Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Allyson Mitchell, Director of Sustainability, will discuss SUN and how your organization can participate.
28 Jun 2017 2:00 PM • Webinar
Attend to learn about SUN and the funding application process.