Indiana Borough is committed to helping expand the usage of residential and commercial solar systems within our community. This page is intended to serve as a collection of solar resources and information for the community.
Solar energy uses a renewable energy source - the sun - and provides many benefits for individuals and the community. It improves environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions & air pollution, supports local solar companies in Pennsylvania, and reduces utility costs for the individuals who install panels on their properties.
Finding a Contractor and Going Solar:
Find a solar contractor (or two!) to assess your solar energy and provide a bid. Certified practitioners can be found through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) website.
The Consumer Solar Checklist is a great document created by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) for consumers considering solar energy on their properties. Also check out their Clean Energy Consumer Bill of Rights - which helps address important issues and ensures a positive purchasing experience.
Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) provides a plethora of guides on their website for homeowners who want assistance in valuing their solar systems as well as those who live within a homeowner association.
Financing, Incentives, and Tax Exemptions:
The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has a very helpful guide for solar financing for homeowners. Download the guide here.
SolSmart is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to make it faster, cheaper and easier to go solar. We will soon be designated as a Silver City in the program. This is largely in part due to our reduced local requirements and our quick turn-around time with the permitting approval process. Download our residential solar panel application and get started today!
Co-ops take advantage of collective purchasing power to make it easier and cheaper for people to install solar systems. Participants select a single installer on behalf of the entire group through an open and competitive bidding process. The selected installer then provides personal proposals for all co-op members at a discounted group rate. The bigger the Co-op, the better the deal.
In November of 2018, Indiana Borough and other local entities partnered with Solar United Neighbors to create the Indiana County Solar Co-op. It grew to be one of Solar United Neighbor's most active co-ops in the state in terms of raw numbers and percentage of participants who signed solar contracts.
While sign ups for that co-op are now over, another round will likely happen in the future. Follow us on social media (links found at the bottom of this website) to be one of the first to know when it does!
7/29/19: Solar Co-op sees success in county
11/27/18: Meeting slated on Solar Co-op in Borough