Monroe County, Indiana has been paving the way for other local governments when it comes to financing energy projects. The Community Energy Plan, funded in 2012 by the Indiana Office of Energy Development, calls for energy upgrades in all county-owned buildings. The groundbreaking element is that the savings from these efforts go into an energy fund, which is then used to finance further energy projects. It appears Monroe County is one of the first in the state to have a non-reverting energy fund, and many other local governments could benefit from such a system. The plan projects hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings, although they are not all quick payback. Earlier in 2012, the County received a grant to install over 200 solar panels, making it one of the largest systems on a government building in the state.
Monroe County website
Monroe County Community Energy Plan