Indiana Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Indiana Rebates and Incentives Summary


Indiana is hardly a leader in the clean energy revolution. In fact, the state is one among just a few that saw solar industry employment drop in 2014. That, combined with recent attacks in the legislature on the state’s net-metering program, could mean Indiana is moonwalking away from a bright solar future.

That said, there are still some solid incentives in Indiana that deliver it far from the bottom of the barrel in terms of solar policy. Unless House Bill 1320 passes and weakens it, Indiana has a strong net-metering program that credits consumers with distributed generation systems at the retail rate for the power they send back to the grid. The state’s utility regulators ordered mandatory net metering in 2004, which helped to spur solar industry growth in Indiana.

At the beginning of 2015, more than 1,400 Hoosiers worked in the solar industry, according to a report from the Solar Foundation. While 100 fewer than worked in solar the year before, it still suggests the state has a strong solar industry.

In addition to a strong net-metering policy, the state offers a property tax exemption for renewable energy technology. Under the renewable energy property tax exemption, program home owners and renters are eligible to receive 100 percent property tax exemption for installing renewable energy systems in their homes.

Despite some good incentives, Indiana still lacks a lot. It has no Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

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Building Energy Code


Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

The Indiana Residential Building Code is based on the 2003 IRC with state amendments (eff. 9/11/05). This code applies to 1 and 2 family dwellings and townhouses. During the adoption process, certain seismic provisions were weakened, primarily affecting nine southwestern counties. Local jurisdictions may amend to make the

City of Bloomington - Green Building Requirements for Municipal Buildings

In March 2009, the City of Bloomington passed an ordinance establishing the Green Buildings Program. This ordinance directed the City of Bloomington to incorporate green building principles into municipal facilities by committing to the use of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, developed and awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), for projects involving city government buildings and facilities. 
Specifically, all new occupiable City of Bloomington buildings must be designed, contracted, and built to achieved LEED-NC Silver

City of Bloomington - Sustainable Development Incentives


The City of Bloomington offers fee waivers and other design incentives for developers that incorporate the city's sustainability goals. The city's four goals include:

  • Energy and resource efficiency. Features that meet the energy and resource efficiency goal include green roofs, improved building performance rating, the use of non-polluting and/or renewable on-site energy sources, recycling and/or salvaging at least 50 percent of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris, or utilizing building materials and products sourced within a 500 mile radius.
  • Landscape and site design.

City of Indianapolis - EcoHouse


In June 2011, the City of Indianapolis announced the availability of the EcoHouse Project, an energy-efficiency loan program for medium and low-income homeowners in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability selected the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership to administer the program.

In order to qualify, homeowners must have lived in the same home for the past 12 months and have a credit score of at least 580. In addition, homeowners must have an income at or below 120% of the HUD's published area median income. Loans are available for a variety of energy-efficiency

City of Indianapolis - Green Building Incentive Program


The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability and the Department of Code Enforcement offer reduction in permit fees for projects achieving certain green building criteria. Property owners and developers constructing new buildings or completing major renovations on existing buildings are eligible to receive the incentive. Projects located within Indianapolis or Marion County are eligible.

There are six green building categories. Meeting the minimum criteria for three categories qualifies the project for a 30% rebate on permit fees.  For each additional category that the project meets, it will

Clean Energy Portfolio Standard

In May 2011, Indiana enacted S.B. 251, creating the Clean Energy Portfolio Standard (CPS), also known as the Comprehensive Hoosier Option to Incentivize Cleaner Energy (CHOICE) program. The program sets a voluntary goal of 10% clean energy by 2025, based on the amount of electricity supplied by the utility in 2010. Indiana's participating utilities receive an incentive to increase the amount of renewable energy sources in their portfolio.

Eligible Technologies

Indiana's CPS includes renewable energy technologies, but also conventional energy sources like nuclear, coal, and natural gas. S

Community Conservation Challenge


The 2015 Community Conservation Challege is now closed. Winners for the 2015 Community Conservation Challenge were announced on Tuesday, March 31st.  Read the news release here.

The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) is offering grants under the CCC  program. Non-residential entities may apply to receive $25,000-$100,000 for community energy conservation projects. Projects must be located in Indiana and must use commercially-available technologies. The project must be visible to the public and have at least one community partner, though priority will be given to projects with

Duke Energy - Residential and Builder Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


The Smart Saver program offers incentives for residential customers to increase their home’s energy efficiency. Incentives are provided for qualifying heating and cooling equipment installation or service, attic insulation with air sealing, and duct sealing. Duke Energy Indiana electric residential retail customers residing in a single-family home, condominium, duplex or mobile homes are eligible for the incentives. All incentives are paid after completion of the services.


Energy Efficient State Building Initiative


In June 2008, the Governor of Indiana issued an Executive Order establishing an energy efficient state buildings initiative. The order requires the Indiana Department of Administration (DOA) to develop design standards for all new state buildings that require a cost-effectiveness analysis of the building with a goal of achieving energy efficiency. These rules apply to all state agencies, departments, boards, offices, commissions, and public universities. 

The DOA has incorporated the requirements of the Executive Order into Indiana's standard instructions to designers for projects on state

Income Tax Deduction for Solar-Powered Roof Vents or Fans


Indiana allows taxpayers to take a deduction on solar-powered roof fans (or vent, also sometimes called an attic fan) installed in a home that the taxpayer owns or leases. The deduction is for 50% of the cost of the materials and installation labor, up to $1,000. 

The taxpayer must provide proof of the taxpayer’s costs for installation of a solar powered roof vent or fan and a list of the persons or corporations that supplied labor or materials for the solar powered roof vent or fan. 

Income Tax Deduction for the Installation of Building Insulation


A residential taxpayer is entitled to an Indiana income tax deduction on the materials and labor used to install insulation in a taxpayer’s principal place of residence in Indiana. 


The insulation deduction is limited to the cost of the insulation (including installation costs) or $1,000, whichever is less. The deduction must be taken for the tax year during which the materials were installed. Excess costs may not be carried forward to subsequent tax years. 

Eligible Technologies

This deduction includes the following forms of insulation: material made from fiberglass, rock wool, cellulose, 

Indiana Michigan Power - Energy Savings Rebate Program

Indiana Michigan Power's Energy Saver Program provides its customers incentives for upgrading to energy efficient equipment and for properly disposing of old equipment. Residential customers are eligible to receive a rebate of $40 for proper recycling of qualified refrigerator and freezers.  Customers can also attain discounts on energy efficient lighting at participating retailers.  Visit the program website to find a list of stores participating in this program.  The Energy Saver Program also provides for home energy assessments, renewable and demonstration pilot projects, school energy

Interconnection Standards


In November 2005, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approved rules governing the interconnection of distributed generation (DG). Indiana's interconnection rules require the state's investor-owned utilities to provide three levels of interconnection to customer-generators.

  • Level 1: Applies to inverter-based systems with a maximum nameplate capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW). These systems must comply with IEEE 1547 and UL 1741 standards. There are no application fees or other fees for Level 1 interconnection review. Utilities may not impose additional requirements not specified

Jasper County REMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Jasper County REMC, in conjunction with Wabash Valley Power Association's Power Moves programs, offers a range of rebates to its residential customers for the purchase and installation of energy efficient home equipment.  Incentivized items include air-source and geothermal heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and refrigerator recycling.  Both rebates from the Power Moves program, and bill credits from Jasper County REMC, are available for air-source and geothermal heat pumps.  Review the program's web site or contact the REMC directly for more information.

Jay County REMC - Geothermal and Air-Source Heat Pump Rebate Program

Jay County Rural Electric Membership Cooperative (REMC) is a member-owned electric distribution organization serving customers in central Indiana. Jay County REMC offers rebates to its customers for the purchase and installation of heat pumps. Customers can receive a $200 bill credit for a dual fuel add-on heat pump or an air-source heat pump, and a $250 bill credit for a geothermal heat pump. In order to receive the credit, customers should contact Jay County REMC about the credit before installation of the heat pump, and the bill credit will be issued following installation. More detailed

Kosciusko REMC - Residential Geothermal and Air-source Heat Pump Rebate Program


Kosciusko REMC offers rebates (as bill credits) to residential members for the purchase and installation of high efficiency air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and electric water heaters. For each purchase of an air-source heat pump, Kosciusko REMC will credit $150 onto the customer's bill. For the purchase of a geothermal heat pump, Kosciusko REMC will credit $250 on the customer's bill. For every additional electric water heater purchased, customers may receive an $100 rebate. Within six months of installation, customer must have a KREMC inspection and provide a valid dealer’s

LaGrange County REMC - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

LaGrange County REMC, in conjunction with the Wabash Valley Power Association's Power Moves program, offers a variety of rebates for the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment. For residential customers, LaGrange County REMC offers rebates to residential customers who purchase heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and efficient lighting.  Heat pump incentive amounts vary by size and efficiency, as well as by the system being replaced. LaGrange REMC also provides a $35 rebate for the proper recycling of an older refrigerator unit. Visit the program web site or contact LaGrange

Marshall County REMC - Geothermal and Heat Pump Rebate Program

Marshall County REMC provides a rebate to residential customers for the purchase and installation of an air source heat pump, a geothermal heat pump, and/or a heat pump water heater. Customers can receive $1,500 for the purchase of a geothermal, $1,000 for an air source heat pump and $400 for a heat pump water heater. Rebates are limited to one per household per type of heat pump. Customers interested in this rebate should notify Marshall County REMC following installation of the unit, at which time a representative will inspect the unit and issue a rebate check within four weeks.   For

Miami-Cass REMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Miami-Cass Rural Electric Membership Cooperative (MCREMC) is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving customers in central Indiana.  MCREMC offers energy efficiency rebates to its residential in conjuction with the Wabash Valley Power Association (the wholesale power provider of MCREMC). Incentives exist for customers who install heat pump water heaters and air-source, geothermal, or dual fuel heat pumps, to either replace their existing (non-heat pump) HVAC system, to upgrade their existing heat pump system, or as a part of a new construction project. Incentives vary according

Net Metering

Note: Senate Bill 309, signed into law in May 2017, makes important changes to Indiana's compensation system for distributed generation, including an eventual phaseout of retail rate net metering (to occur by July 1, 2022, or when individual utilities reach 1.5% peak summer load caps, whichever is earlier). Current net metering customers and customers who enter into net metering contracts before December 2017 will be able to continue their existing contracts until July 1, 2047, and customers who sign up before the earlier of July 1, 2022 or their utility reaching a 1.5% peak summer load cap,

NIPSCO (Gas & Electric) - Residential & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program


Northern Indiana Public Service Corporation (NIPSCO) offers rebates to residential customers that install energy efficient gas and electric measures in homes through the NIPSCO Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. The program is available to all residential NIPSCO natural gas and electric customers. Flat rebates are offered for natural gas boilers, natural gas furnaces, heat pump/hybrid water heaters, programmable thermostats, and more. In order to be eligible for a rebate, all equipment must meet minimum efficiency and use requirements as specified by the utility. Visit the program web site

Ohio Valley Gas Corporation - Residential and Small Commercial Natural Gas Incentive Program


Ohio Valley Gas Corporation (OVG) offers rebates to its residential and small commercial customers for the purchase of energy efficient equipment and appliances. The program's rebate offering includes incentives for furnaces, space heaters, tank water heaters, and tankless water heaters, clothes dryers, and kitchen ranges. Rebates for equipment often vary by size and efficiency. Rebate amounts also depend on whether the equipment installed is used in new construction, as a conversion,  or as a replacement for older, less efficient equipment. See the rebate schedule on the website listed above

Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption


Systems that generate energy using wind, hydropower, geothermal, and solar energy heating or cooling systems are exempt from property tax.* Systems using solar power devices—including solar thermal, photovoltaic (PV), and other solar energy—are exempt from property tax only if they were installed after December 31, 2011. 

For most eligible renewable energy systems, the assessed value of the system is exempt from property tax. One exception is solar energy heating or cooling systems which are exempt from property tax the amount equal to the out-of-pocket expenditures for the components and

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Electrical Generating Equipment

Indiana does not have a specific sales and use tax exemption for equipment used in the production of renewable electricity. Therefore, such equipment is presumed to be subject to sales and use tax. However, in Indiana, transactions involving manufacturing machinery, tools, and equipment are exempt from the state gross retail tax if the property is directly used for the direct production of tangible personal property (which includes electricity) for sale. Therefore, equipment, machinery, and tools used in the production of renewable electricity for sale could possibly be eligible for this

Solar Easements & Rights Laws


Indiana state law includes both covenant restrictions and solar easement provisions. The state's covenant restrictions prevent planning and zoning authorities from prohibiting or unreasonably restricting the use of solar energy. Indiana's solar easement provisions are similar to those in many other states. Although they do not create an automatic right to sunlight they allow parties to voluntarily enter into solar easement contracts which are enforceable by law. Passive solar structures are explicitly included in the type of solar-collection equipment that may be protected by solar easements

Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC offers residential customers incentives for energy efficient heat pumps, water heaters, and air conditioners. Eligible air-source heat pump and air conditioning systems must have at least a 14 SEER rating and can be for retrofits or part of new construction. Qualifying 40 or 52 gallon water heaters are free with new construction, while 80 gallon models can be purchased from the REMC at a discounted price. The geothermal heat pump incentive is available for new construction and retrofits. Customers who purchase a geothermal system will receive a free

Vectren Energy Deliver of Indiana (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana offers several rebates to electric residential customers who purchase and install energy efficient equipment in their home. Eligible equipment includes central air conditioners, electric heat pumps, and ECM motors for HVAC applications. All efficiency and installation requirements of the program must be met in order to receive a rebate. All equipment invoices must be postmarked within 60 days of installation. Contact Vectren Energy Delivery for additional information on this program.