Sisters of St. Francis
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812-934-2475
Mailing Address:
Sisters of St. Francis
P.O. Box 100
22143 Main Street
Oldenburg, IN 47036

S. Claire’s Ministry focuses on Care of Creation

By: S. Claire Whalen

S. Claire Whalen, osf has discovered a ministry in Indiana that saves energy, helps our planet and serves the future needs of local communities and homeowners. She is deeply involved with the statewide solarizing program to offer information sessions and incentives for homeowners and businesses to consider using solar energy to reduce their carbon footprints. Here is information about S. Claire’s focus on the planet and how to become involved in this project.  Contact information is given below.

Homeowners and businesses in southeast Indiana will have an opportunity to install solar panels in the fall of 2018 at a reduced price.   The local solarizing team in this area will offer three summer information sessions to encourage residents to go solar this fall before economic incentives disappear in a few years. Attendees will learn about these incentives that can reduce the cost of installing rooftop solar panels to a third of what the cost was just a few years ago.  At each of the solar information sessions, persons who are currently using solar energy will be present to share their experience with solar power and answer questions.

Sessions will be held at Batesville Library, July 18, at the Tyson Library in Versailles on July 25, and at the Lawrenceburg Library on August 16.  Meeting times at all three libraries will be from 6:00-7:15pm.  RSVP to Claire Whalen, OSF, by email, cwhalenosf@gmail.com, or call 812-933-6514.  Bring data about your monthly and annual kilowatt hour usage to estimate what a solar system might cost for your home.

This statewide solarizing program is a group buying arrangement that puts going solar within reach for almost every homeowner.  Solar panel owners can take advantage of a 30% federal tax credit until the end of 2019.  And businesses have additional incentives with a generous accelerated depreciation bonus in the first year.  Additionally Duke Energy customers will be able to lock in net-metering until 2032 for their excess home-generated solar power.

Solarize Indiana/Southeast local team joined the state-wide program last year concentrating on the Batesville and Oldenburg areas.  This year they are expanding their coverage to more towns.  They already held solar home tours and information sessions this spring in Greensburg, Batesville and Brookville.  Persons who signed contracts before late April are scheduled for installations from mid-May through September, 2018.   Persons who sign contracts this summer will have installations in the fall months.

The team of volunteers is contracting with Lohrum Electrical Company from Greensburg for a second year in a row to do the installations needed for 2018 because of its excellent personal attention to customers’ needs, but also because of its competitive pricing, professional expertise, and workmanship warranty.  Also, the team wanted to choose a local company to promote our local economy.

Residents from near-by towns attend these solar information sessions to share their experience with sun-power.   Dale Irvin from New Marion and Robert Jester from Morris will be available to tell Versailles attendees how solar panels on their homes have saved them considerable money on electric bills.  Irvin will also explain how the specific installation on his garage is “off the grid” with a battery system back-up when there is a power outage.  All energy guzzling equipment—refrigerator, freezer, furnace and workshop machines–are located in the garage for that purpose. Attend one of the meetings to talk to the people who have already participated in this project to cut costs, use alternative energy and take care of creation simultaneously.

Sisters of St. Francis
Contact Us
812-934-2475
Mailing Address:
Sisters of St. Francis
P.O. Box 100
22143 Main Street
Oldenburg, IN 47036