Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana has announced grants to 16 nonprofits to help pay for solar power projects. The $400,000 in funding, part of a settlement among the utility, several consumer and environmental groups and Nucor Steel, will offset costs for work in communities including Princeton, Bloomington and Columbus.
Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd says "from a Head Start classroom in Princeton to a 1925 armory converted to affordable apartments for seniors in Columbus, there is a diversity of projects in these grants. These are organizations with environmental goals as well as community-oriented missions."
The program, called Solar Uniting Neighbors, is administered by Prosperity Indiana. The organization’s executive director, Andy Frazier, said "Prosperity Indiana members create sustainable communities and economic opportunity for low-wealth Hoosiers. The Solar Uniting Neighbors program is a catalyst for economic freedom by converting the energy of the sun into household and organizational cost savings."
- Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Program, low-income client home in Dayton, $15,809
- Community Action Program, low-income client home in Franklin, $12,100
- Community Action Program, low-income client home in Princeton, $12,000
- Community Action Program of Evansville, three rental homes for low-income residents in Oakland City, $22,900
- Community Action Program of Evansville, Head Start building and apartment complex in Owensville, $20,230
- Community Action Program of Evansville, Head Start classroom and office building in Princeton, $41,393
- Crawford County Family Health, Marengo, $38,050
- Harrison County Community Services, Corydon, $50,000
- LIFEDesigns, group home for residents with disabilities in Bloomington, $14,600
- Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, Columbus, $7,570
- Pace Community Action Agency, Vincennes, $79,401
- Pathfinder Services, group homes in Wabash, $32,538
- Thrive Alliance’s Armory, apartments for low-income elderly residents in Columbus, $53,406
Duke Energy Indiana says the projects will be complete by year’s end.