Hoosier IPL has been awarded another Community Conservation Challenge Grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development to help four Indiana congregations obtain solar panels.
This competitive $100,000 grant will benefit St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Carmel, and All Souls Unitarian Church, Eastgate Christian Church, and Neighborhood Fellowship Church in Indianapolis. The churches collectively pledged more than $100,000 of matching funds to invest in panels and energy conservation measures. They will also host educational events, including Using Energy Prudently workshops, to benefit other congregations. Along with previous grant recipients, the ranks of H-IPL solar grant congregations now number 25 across Indiana, of all denominations, faiths, and sizes.
For the Office of Energy Development's press release, go here.
Is your congregation interested in solar?
Take steps to prepare:
1. Have the conversation: Secure approval from congregational leadership to install solar if funds become available. We can help you interpret the benefits of renewable energy for your congregation.
2. Talk to an installer: They offer free estimates, and will help you consider the size, positioning, and cost of your array.
3. Begin (or continue) energy conservation measures: Have an energy audit. Consult H-IPL's Using Energy Prudently Resources to guide action steps. Watch for an upcoming Using Energy Prudently workshop in your area, or request one.