Columbus Solar Initiative to Expand Focus, Reach Out to Community Organizations

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April 26, 2017



Contact: Michael A. Mullett

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Columbus Solar Initiative to Expand Focus,

Reach Out to Community Organizations


Columbus, IN – A community meeting, hosted by the Columbus Community Solar Initiative, will officially launch a fourth round of rooftop solar energy installations in Bartholomew County.

The meeting will take place on Monday, May 8, 2017, from 7 to 9 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus. The Church is located at 7850 West Goeller Boulevard, which is on the west side of Columbus approximately 2.7 miles west of the intersection of SR 46 and Goeller Boulevard.

To date, the Initiative has twenty-four residential and organizational projects in various stages of completion from proposals to installed functioning solar panel systems. These projects comprise approximately 560 panels toward a goal of 1000 panels for the Initiative.  The upcoming community meeting will focus on broadening participation in the Initiative to include more public and private non-profit organizations, such as churches, schools, and community centers.

The meeting will be highlighted by a presentation from Allen Gifford speaking on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, which is hosting the meeting.  Mr. Gifford will explain the steps the Congregation took and the results it has achieved in installing 43 solar panels on its Church, the site of the meeting.   Reflected Mr. Gifford, “Solar power is an excellent financial investment and, most importantly, an excellent environmental investment and our Congregation should all be proud that we have taken this courageous step for our community and our world!"

Allyson Mitchell, Sustainability Director of Prosperity Indiana, will also make a presentation explaining that organization’s Solar Uniting Neighbors (SUN) For All Program, which offers limited grant funding and other support to public and private non-profit organizations serving low- and moderate income households to develop and implement plans to “Go Solar.”

In addition, this meeting of the Solar Initiative will continue to reach out to owners of residences and businesses seeking to “Go Solar,” just as the three prior meetings have done.

For the benefit of all attendees, Initiative volunteers and a representative of its vendor partner, Third Sun Solar, will make presentations explaining the “Go Solar” process from initial inquiry and proposal through formal contracting to installation and interconnection.

These presentations will be followed by a question and answer period for interested attendees.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to receive and complete Letters of Intent to show their initial interest in participating in a solar project, which Third Sun will then assess for design feasibility and potential cost prior to reporting back to prospective participants.

For more information about the Columbus Community Solar Initiative, see


About Columbus Community Solar Initiative:

The Columbus Community Solar Initiative is a joint project of the Sierra Club Winding Waters Group and the Energy Matters Community Coalition. Affinity groups in the Columbus area, including faith communities and neighborhood centers, are gathering together to address the preservation of our environment through more sustainable use of our limited energy resources by making solar energy a viable option for more households and organizations in our community.

The goal of the proposed Initiative is to install 1000 solar panels within Bartholomew County by December 31, 2017. This goal is based on the demographics of the County as well as the experience of other communities in “going solar” following what is known as the Solarize Model.


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