Solar Energy

UDWI strives to provide safe and reliable energy and understands there are options available to members for residential usage. The co-op is pro-renewable energy and supports its members in the choice to utilize solar systems.

For those making the decision to pursue solar installation, our team wants to provide members with the necessary information and offer guidance throughout the process.

Solar power is more affordable, accessible, and prevalent in the United States than ever before. The price of installing solar has declined by 43 percent over the last five years.

As with all forms of renewable energy, members and utility companies alike face pros and cons when choosing solar. Advantages of the system include lower energy bills, no air pollution or carbon dioxide emissions. Potential barriers to consider include the large amount of space needed for equipment, high initial/upfront costs associated with installation, and solar power doesn’t produce energy at night or on cloudy days, with less produced during the winter months as well. It is important to understand all these factors before making the decision to utilize solar systems.

UDWI does not sell solar panels or related solar equipment to its members. Instead, we will work with interested members to provide them with the information they need to determine if a solar system works for them. UDWI will assist members in the process of safely installing their solar system and getting it connected to UDWI’s distribution system.

Members interested in solar are encouraged to contact our office to start the process by filling out an interconnection application. As you work through the process, we want to remain in contact to follow the progress, offer support and ensure your safety as well as the safety of our linemen post-installation. Our application offers a complete list of requirements and follows industry standards.

If members choose to utilize a solar system at their residence or business, they are responsible for the installation and maintenance cost. However, if more solar energy is produced than used by the member, UDWI will buy the energy back at their avoided cost. This avoided cost rate is based on what UDWI would have paid to Hoosier Energy, our power supply provider, for an equivalent amount of energy.

If you are interested or have questions about solar, or want to start the installation process, please contact our office for more information.

1666 West State Road 54
Bloomfield, Indiana 47424

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office: (812) 384-4446
Toll-Free: (800) 489-7362
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