Getting Started with Solar
Welcome to the City of Carmel’s solar resource webpage. Carmel is seeking ways to encourage solar energy development in our community. This webpage represents a collection of solar information and resources for the community. Our community’s solar goals can be found below. For more information about the basics of solar energy, your solar options, and questions to ask solar professionals, read the Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power and visit the Department of Energy’s Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar. The City of Carmel is a SolSmart Silver level city.
Our Solar Commitment
The City of Carmel is committed to exceptional customer service as it relates to solar permitting.
To promote the continued advancement of solar in our community we offer the following:
Our community’s solar goals can be found in our Solar Statement.
Residential and commercial solar permits can be applied for and reviewed online
- Application Portal
A checklist has been created to assist customers with completing all of the application requirements
- Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Permitting Checklist
Our staff is committed to a turnaround time of 10 days or less for all solar permit applications.
Inspection appointments will be organized following review of all applicant documents
- Solar Inspection Pre-checklist
Only one electrical inspection is required for residential solar installations.
City Installed Solar
- Carmel Utilities Solar Projects
Additional Solar Permitting Information
Residential solar panels are allowed in all zoning districts as an Accessory Use
- Solar as Accessory Use Zoning Determination Letter