SIREN proudly announces big changes this spring

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   April 07, 2016  /   Posted in solar, Uncategorized  /   No Comments

New SIREN logo

SIREN proudly announces big changes this spring

As we enter the season of growth and renewal, we have updated our name from Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network to Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network to more accurately reflect the geography that we serve and to improve our standing in search engine results. Our acronym SIREN remains the same. Our logo has been modified to reflect the new name.

At the same time, the City of Bloomington recognized a member of the SIREN Steering Committee for his perennial contributions to environmental sustainability. Woodie Bessler received the Be More Sustainable award for his work with SIREN and with the Monroe County Energy Challenge of which SIREN is a sponsor. Woodie authored the first Going Solar program, which has now been given more than 50 times to approximately 1,000 people around Indiana by him and fellow Steering members Darrell, Terry, Arvind, Anne and Chandra.

If you have not been to our website lately, we invite you to explore the enhanced functionality of our interactive map page,  Since it was introduced in July 2013 by SIREN founder Terry Usrey, the SIREN solar map has been one of the most appreciated features of our website. Over the past winter SIREN volunteers Arvind Gopu and Soichi Hayashi worked on a complete redesign. The map interface now allows filtering of content by categories and year, and responds elegantly to differing screen sizes.  A revamped tabular listing provide the ability to download a CSV file of the data for easy analysis.  New entries can be submitted via a simple web form linked  from the same page.

Arvind also moved SIREN List off an IU server and into a Google-based discussion forum, which has been very active. If you are missing the action, PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS BOOK TO SEND EMAIL TO  For the next few months, emails sent to the old siren-l email address will be forwarded to the new mailing list.

We’d love to hear what you think of these changes. Contact us.  And follow us on Facebook.

SIREN: Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network

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