Solar Power in Richmond

Skip Moore

765-973-7200

skipm@rp-l.com

Solar power is a renewable energy source with significant environmental and economic benefits. Richmond hosts five industrial-sized solar fields which are owned and operated by Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA).  Residents can take advantage of the sun’s power by installing panels on the roof of their home or on other property structures.  But first, know the facts!  Following the correct procedures for solar power additions protects consumers and those working on our powerlines.  

Solar power is a renewable energy source with significant environmental and economic benefits. Richmond hosts five industrial-sized solar fields which are owned and operated by Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA).  Residents can take advantage of the sun’s power by installing panels on the roof of their home or on other property structures.  But first, know the facts!  Following the correct procedures for solar power additions protects consumers and those working on our powerlines.  

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: skipm@rp-l.com or765-973-7200.  

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 is a nonprofit featuring education and partnerships which help make solar power easy and affordable.  Once homeowners learn the basics, they are connected with reputable, vetted installers to continue the process. 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!

Click HERE for a Solar Map of Wayne County
Click HERE to view the Hoosier Solarize Initiative of East Central Indiana

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: Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar | Department of Energy.

Step Four: Choose an Installer

Whether you lean on Solarize for help or use an installer from elsewhere, remember to connect the installer with Richmond Power and Light BEFORE they begin to work.  Skipping this step can be costly and dangerous for both the homeowner and RP&L employees.  Need recommendations on reputable installers?  Look no further than local installations!  Cope Environmental Center has a large solar array powering their facility and so does First Friends Meeting.  Both organizations would be happy to offer suggestions.  Several local residents have added solar as well- you can connect with them through the Environmental Commission.  Regardless of who you choose, always ask for references and do your homework to ensure they are a reputable company with a good track record.

CopeEnvironmental.org
First Friends Meeting Richmond
Solarize East Central Indiana | Facebook

Step Five: Contact the City of Richmond’s Planning and Zoning Office

Start the process by calling 765-983-7341.  The staff can guide you and/or your installer to the correct application. You can schedule your inspection there as well once your project is complete. In addition, RP&L will inspect the completed project as well.

Click HERE for the City of Richmond's Permits and Inspections Page

Step Six:  Installation- Enjoy the Benefits of Clean Energy!

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