Solar initiative expands area effort

A community group formed two years set a goal of initiating 1,000 rooftop solar installations in Bartholomew County by the end of 2016.

With 560 such installations to date, the Columbus Community Solar Initiative continues to press towards its goal.

The organization will launch a fourth round of installations with a two-hour meeting at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 7850 West Goeller Boulevard, about 2½ miles west of Jonathan Moore Pike.

The meeting will focus on broadening participation to include more public and private non-profit organizations such as churches, schools and community centers.

Among the speakers will be Prosperity Indiana representative Allyson Mitchell, who will outline a program that offers financial assistance to some of these organizations to install solar energy.

Church representative Allen Gifford will also speak on the 43 solar panels that the Unitarian Universalist Congregation recently installed on its property.

Information: energymatterscolumbus.org/solar-initiative

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.