Step One: Contact RP&L
While adding solar energy can be a great choice for the environment and your wallet, adding any type of energy to your home without consulting RP&L is a dangerous move! Contact the RP&L Engineering Department to let them know you’re considering solar. They can ensure you have the correct information to aid in the installation and will provide a connection agreement for you to sign once you’re ready to go. Help us keep our line men and women safe by making this step a priority! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-973-7302.
Step Two: Investigate Good Places to Add Solar
Solar panels need ample sun (obviously) to perform properly. Do you have enough sun on your property? Are trees or other structures obstructing the sun’s light? Do you have a roof or structure able to handle the panels? These questions and more can be answered by a solar installation company. A quick Google search will result in a number of possibilities, but many Richmond residents have used Solarize, Inc. to help them find a qualified installer.
Solarize East Central Indiana is a statewide nonprofit which has partnered with the City of Richmond to provide semi-annual and on-demand education to homeowners. Their informational sessions include information about the logistics, benefits, and long-term impact of going solar. Solarize does not charge the city for the partnership and does not charge homeowners for the educational guidance. Those who choose to utilize Solarize's expertise enjoy the benefit of a 10% discount on installation by the vetted installer. You can also use a locally developed solar map to give you an idea of whether or not your roof might be a good option for solar!
Solar Map of Wayne County
Hoosier Solarize Initiative of East Central Indiana
Zoning Determination Letter which states that solar panels are a permitted accessory use, by right, in all of Richmond's Zoning Districts
Step Three: Learn About Possible Incentives and Financing
Adding solar can be expensive, but there are government incentives and financing programs to help you succeed. Once again, Solarize is a good resource for this information: Indiana Incentives. Remember to reach out to your insurance agent for information on how solar might impact your coverage. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has a great guide for homeowners who are interested in going solar. It contains links to incentives, financing information, and everything else you need to know! Find that guide here.