Affordable Solar is Here

Interest in Solar power is growing even stronger in Monroe County! Solarize Bloomington is the latest effort to help residents afford solar panels on their homes.

The good news is that there are upcoming information sessions for interested home owners who wish to begin saving money or want to expand their current array. The next sessions will be:

  • February 16 (noon at the Monroe County Public Library),
  • February 18 (10:30am at Monroe County Public Library) and
  • February 25 (10:30am at City Hall).

While an RSVP here would be nice, interested parties can also simply show up.

Monroe County is already home to one of the highest concentrations of residential solar panels. A searchable map of existing panels is maintained by SIREN, and while it is already an impressive array, efforts by Solarize Bloomington will only increase the points on the map.

With the improved technology of household batteries, the rational for installing solar panels is on the upswing. Tesla recently announced their Powerwall 2 battery, and the German firm Sonnen recently entered the US market. This competition will help drive innovation and further reduce costs.

Members of the Monroe County Environmental Commission compiled this post. Their charge includes “educating the community and engaging residents and businesses in supporting initiatives which will help ensure a healthier and more economically viable future for the County.” The public is welcome to attend these meetings the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm.

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