Indiana’s push for solar energy
Across Indiana there’s a rush to install solar panels before the end of the year due to recent legislation that lowers the amount utility companies have to pay for excess energy produced by home solar systems. Senate Bill 309 reduces the payback through net metering over time, and was vigorously opposed by environmental groups and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (IPL), a faith-based organization that works to educate people about the need to conserve energy and go green. The group’s Trisha Tull says they’ve been holding climate workshops around the state for religious leaders, community members and teachers. Utility companies backed the legislation, saying currently other customers are subsidizing solar users to be on the grid. Solar workshops are being held this week in Noblesville and Fort Wayne, with another in South Bend, Indianapolis and Carmel next month.
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