Indiana state law includes both covenant restrictions and solar easement provisions. The state's covenant restrictions prevent planning and zoning authorities from prohibiting or unreasonably restricting the use of solar energy. Indiana's solar easement provisions are similar to those in many other states. Although they do not create an automatic right to sunlight, they allow parties to voluntarily enter into solar easement contracts which are enforceable by law.
The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is an association of the 92 soil and water conservation districts, each representing one of the 92 Indiana counties.
Each District is governed by boards comprised of local supervisors, who coordinate conservation on the ground with landowners in each county. The Association represents the interests of local Districts as one voice, and assists their leadership through coordination and education for the management of Indiana's natural resources.
In Indiana, transactions involving manufacturing machinery, tools, and equipment are exempt from the state gross retail tax if the property is used for the production of tangible personal property, which includes electricity. Therefore, equipment, machinery, and tools used in the production of renewable electricity may also be eligible for this exemption.
RushShelby Energy provides customers with incentives to help offset the cost of installing energy efficient equipment in participating homes and facilities. Rebates are available for energy efficient central air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, dual fuel heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and water heaters. Rebates vary depending on the size and efficiency of the equipment and the type of system that it is replacing. RushShelby Energy will also trade out and collect incandescent bulbs and replace them with 60 and 100 watt equivalent CFLs, free of charge.
This legislation establishes river basin commissions, for the Kankakee, Maumee, St. Joseph, and Upper Wabash Rivers. The commissions facilitate and foster cooperative planning and coordinated management of the respective river basin's water and related land resources. They're charged with developing positions on major water resource issues and to serve as an advocate of the respective river basin's interests before Congress and federal, state, and local governmental agencies. Each commission has developed plans to improve water quality in the basin.
The state reserves the power to sell, transfer, and convey, as provided by law, rights-of-way in public land for several purposes, including pipelines, gas pipelines, water pipelines, sewer lines, head race or tail race for hydro development, and electric transmission lines, to a public utility organized under Indiana law.
In Indiana, systems that generate energy using solar, wind, hydropower or geothermal resources -- including geothermal heat pumps -- are exempt from property tax. (The definition of "solar" is restricted to active solar systems used for heating or cooling.*) The exemption is allowed every year that a qualifying system functions. Significantly, the entire renewable energy system and affiliated equipment that is unique to the system, including equipment for storage and distribution, are exempt from property tax.
A permit from the Department of Transportation is required for the construction or alteration of any structure higher than 200 feet above ground level, or structures near airports, highways, roadways, private roads, railroads, and waterways, with certain measurements, as defined in this section. Permits are also required for construction in a noise sensitive area.
The owner of a dam is required to maintain the structure in good condition, and notify the Department of Environmental Management upon the sale or transfer of ownership of the structure. The Department has the authority to assign hazard classifications to dams, grant permits for the construction, reconstruction, or alteration of dams, and investigate existing structures.
In some instances, smaller communities and rural areas with wells and septic systems either may not have the ability to build the necessary infrastructure or they cannot afford the cost of providing services to maintain clean water standards. Forming a regional water, solid waste or sewer district will address concerns regarding costs and availability of services for citizens and the community, while assigning management duties to the district.