TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – Solar energy suppliers have seen an increase in customers interested in solar and wind technologies.
There are many projects in the works, like the two solar farms set to come to Vigo and Sullivan counties. Duke Energy said they are in the mid development stages of both projects. Additionally, One Planet Solar and Wind in Terre Haute said they recently finished a solar roof on the Vigo County Jail and more .
Heath Norrick with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions said the recent interest in solar energy coincides as fossil fuels resources have reached their full life cycle.
“We’ve very traditionally been a fossil fuel derived generation that was built back in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and even into the 70’s,” Norrick said.
Norrick said it’s time for a replacement for new generation resources.
“Solar and wind technologies are new and capable and will be able to add viable generation into the nation’s grid system,” Norrick said.
CEO of One Planet Solar and Wind in Terre Haute Phillip Roberts said he’s seen an increase in customers looking for solar technologies for their homes.
“We do anywhere from four to five projects and most of those are within a local level,” Roberts said. “I think a lot of people don’t understand how many home owners have solar here not only in the Wabash Valley but the surrounding counties.”
Roberts attributes the increase in projects to the recent price drop in solar technologies and the savings long-term.
“It’s enabled homeowners to have that 26% percent federal tax credit offset and businesses also receive 26% tax credit,” Roberts said. “Plus they get 100% appreciation of the cost of that system.”
Norrick said solar technologies will ultimately benefit the generations to come.
“It’s super important to me as I have four young children, and want to be to do my part to set them up for success,” Norrick said.
Both Norrick and Roberts expect solar energy projects to continue to grow in the future.