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Commercial Solar and Wind Energy Ready Communities Development Center

Energy Ready Community Certification

Established by Indiana Code 4-3-23.1 through Senate Enrolled Act 390 (2023), the Commercial Solar and Wind Energy Ready Communities Development Center is housed within the Indiana Office of Energy Development. The Center provides information regarding wind and solar energy development, as well as administers a certification program for communities to be designated as a Commercial Solar Energy Ready Community, a Wind Energy Ready Community, or both. Follow the links below to learn how to become certified as an Energy Ready Community.

Become a Commercial Solar Energy Ready Community
Become a Wind Energy Ready Community

Additional Resources - Reports and Studies

In partnership with Purdue Extension Community Development and the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI, the Indiana OED has developed resources for communities interested in learning more about wind and solar development.

County Zoning Ordinances for Commercial Solar/Wind Compared to Indiana's Energy Ready Community Standards (Purdue Extension Community Development)

Good Questions Project: Understanding Energy Project Development in Indiana (Lugar Center for Renewable Energy)

Indiana Rural Energy Tours

Since 2022, OED has hosted rural energy tours throughout the state highlighting the diversity of energy resources that power the Hoosier state. The tours showcase many examples of rural energy opportunities, including tours of wind farms, solar farms, anaerobic digesters, an ethanol plant, and a petroleum refinery. OED has highlighted projects across the state, from White County to Posey County. Stay tuned for more information about next year's Rural Energy Tours.