Solar power in Indiana

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US annual average solar energy received by a latitude tilt photovoltaic cell (modeled).

Solar power in Indiana has been growing in recent years due to new technological improvements and a variety of regulatory actions and financial incentives, particularly a 30% federal tax credit, available through 2016, for any size project.[1]

An estimated 18% of electricity in Indiana could be provided by rooftop solar panels.[2] In 2011, Indiana's largest solar installation was the six acre array located on the roof of the Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in Lawrence, Indiana, capable of generating a peak power of over 2 MW.[3]

A 12.5MW plant built at the Indianapolis airport in 2013 was the largest airport solar farm in the U.S.[4] A 9MW solar farm was built at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014.[5] Two more are planned, one near Peru, Indiana and a second one sited at the Indianapolis airport.[6] The 3.2MW Rockville Solar II is the largest solar roof installation in the state.[7]

Government policy[edit]

The Government of Indiana has taken a variety of actions in order to encourage solar energy use within the state.

Net metering[edit]

The state has a net metering program that allows installations of up to 1 MW of on-site electrical generation to continuously roll over any excess generation to the next month. Participation is limited to 1% of utilities most recent peak summer demand.[8] Peak summer demand for the state for 2011 was 20,251 MW.[9]

Feed In Tariff[edit]

Indiana's Northern Indiana Public Service Company, NIPSCO, offers a feed-in tariff of $0.30/kWh for systems from 5 to 10 kW, and $0.26/kWh for systems from 10 kW to 2 MW.[10] Indianapolis Power & Light has a Renewable Energy Production program that pays $0.24/kWh for solar from 20 kW to 100 kW and $0.20/kWh for solar arrays of from 100 kW to 10 MW. Payments are for 15 years, participation is limited, and one third of the program, 45,900 MWh/year, will be made available through a reverse auction. No new applications will be accepted beyond March 2013.[11]

Indiana Solar Energy Working Group[edit]

The Indiana Office of Energy Development has created the Indiana Solar Energy Working Group to promote the development of solar energy, including local manufacturing.[12]

Installed capacity[edit]

Source: NREL[13]
Photovoltaics (MWp)[14][15][16][17][18][19]
Year Capacity Installed  % Change
2009 0.3 0.3 >200%
2010 0.5 0.2 67%
2011 3.5 3.0 600%
2012 4.4 0.9 26%
2013 49.4 45.0 1022%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 30% No Limit Federal Tax Credit!
  2. ^ Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation
  3. ^ 6-acre solar energy project will be Indiana's biggest yet
  4. ^ INDSolarFarm
  5. ^ Indiana, SEIA
  6. ^ 2 new solar farms being planned in Indiana, BloombergBusinessWeek,September 19, 2014
  7. ^ REC Group powers largest commercial solar rooftop PV plant in Midwest United States
  8. ^ "Indiana - Net Metering". Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  9. ^ Indiana Electricity Projections pg. 1-7
  10. ^ NIPSCO - Feed-In Tariff
  11. ^ Indianapolis Power & Light - Rate REP
  12. ^ Solar Energy
  13. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  15. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 20. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  16. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2010). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 23. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  17. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  18. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  19. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26. 

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