In 2014, residents of Kansas spent $4 million on installing solar panels on both homes and businesses. This makes solar conversions a big industry in the state. And with solar-friendly policies and available tax exemptions, the benefits of purchasing solar panels in Kansas can be huge. Find out more about solar in Kansas and why it can be such a good investment.

Kansas’s Solar
Report Card

Grade
Methodology

To determine a grade for each state, our researchers and solar experts analyzed data on crucial solar-advancement criteria from the following sources:

We determined a rank from 1 to 10 for each state in each category. We then combined the scores with the following weights and assigned an overall grade for each state. Our goal is to encourage those considering solar for their homes to get a basic understanding of solar potential in their areas and discover the best opportunities for clean energy available.

Incentives & Rebates, 40%

Electricity Rate, 15%

Renewable Energy Policy, 30%

Interconnection Ease, 5%

Photovoltaic Potential, 10%

How Much Do Kansas Residents Spend on Electricity?

The cost of electricity is relatively inexpensive in Kansas, at just over $.10/kWh, which is below the national average. Low electricity prices can be problematic for those who are pushing residents to go solar, but if costs continue to climb, as they have in recent years, more people could be encouraged to adopt renewable resources as their energy source of choice. The state also does its part in reducing the cost of solar energy for residents.

Cost of Residential Electricity

Data from U.S. Energy Information Administration
*as of Q3 2015

Kansas
Solar Resource Center

Solar-Friendly Policies & Incentives in Kansas

While federal incentives and rebates exist for both residential and corporate solar customers, Kansas offers a number of assistance programs, too. These programs encourage residents to go solar, utilizing greener technology to help preserve the environment. Once such program is the Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption for commercial, industrial and residential solar users, which exempts renewable energy equipment from property taxes. Find out more about the other incentives involved in going solar in Kansas.

REBATES/INCENTIVES

Kansas City Board of Public Utilities Rebate Program:

Commercial and residential customers can apply for a rebate when they install or upgrade electric heating systems, including heat pumps and water heaters, as long as they are installed by a registered HVAC dealer.

None for residential specifically

None for commercial specifically

POLICIES

Solar Easements:

Solar easement agreements allows parties to sign a written contract with the local county to ensure that they have access to direct sunlight for solar energy systems, such as solar panels.

Net Metering:

Small-scale renewable electricity generators can be compensated at full retail value for the excess electricity they generate. Generator capacity varies depending on its use and the date of starting operations.

Renewable Energy Standard (RPS):

In 2009, the Renewable Energy Standards Act created a state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that requires utility companies to generate or purchase 20% of the peak demand created from renewable resources.

Interconnection Standards:

The implementation of the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act in 2009 outlines the various guidelines that customer-owned generators must conform to. This includes net metering requirements, as well as various system capacity requirements.

Solar Contractor Licensing:

For consumer protection, the city of Wichita has implemented legislation that requires solar energy installers and contractors obtain a license from the superintendent of central inspection. Licensing options are based on work experience, allowing one to gain either a journeyman installer certificate or a master installer certificate.

None for residential specifically

Economic Revitalization and Reinvestment Act:

This act offers up to $5 million in bond financing per project for eligible solar and wind energy manufacturers. Eligible projects must create 200 jobs over five years, create a minimum of $30 million in capital investment and pay a minimum average salary of $32,500.

TAX CREDITS

None

None for residential specifically

None for commercial specifically

TAX EXEMPTIONS

Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption:

If filed before December 31, 2016, both residential and commercial property owners can receive a property tax exemption for equipment that is able to generate electricity from renewable sources, including solar photovoltaic systems.

None for residential specifically

None for commercial specifically

Solar Panels in Kansas: Installers & Contractors

Find a solar installer near you. Below is a list of just a few of the companies who specialize in solar panels in Kansas.

Cromwell Solar

Cromwell Solar is a family-owned business that designs and installs custom solar energy systems for both businesses and homeowners.

Where it operatesLawrence, KS

Year of opening1982

Energy for Future Engineering

Energy for Future Engineering is a contractor that specializes in providing solar technology for both commercial and residential customers.

Where it operatesKansas City, MO; serves surrounding areas

Flint Hills Renewable Energy and Efficiency Cooperative

This collective of volunteers buys solar hardware in bulk and trains volunteers to help install new arrays.

Where it operatesManhattan, KS

Year of opening2012

Good Energy Solutions

Good Energy Solutions is a full-service solar energy provider. They offer consultation services along with solar panel and solar awning design and installation.

Where it operatesLawrence, KS

Year of opening2007

King Solar

King Solar provides south-central residents with solar PV systems and is one of the only solar installers that is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

Where it operatesYonder, KS

Year of opening1982

Santa Fe Air Conditioning & Heating

This family-owned business provides customers with an array of electricity, heating and cooling services, including implementation of solar energy. Santa Fe offers PV systems to homeowners and businesses.

Where it operatesGardner, KS

Year of opening1987

Solar Design Studio

Solar Design Studio specializes in many aspects of solar energy, including financing a solar energy system. The company offers solar, microgrid, off-grid, energy storage and even design training for people who want to install their solar systems themselves.

Where it operatesKansas City, MO; serves Kansas and Missouri

Year of opening2008

More Information on Going Solar in Kansas

Consumers should learn as much as they can about solar energy before making the switch. The links below may help you make an informed decision about going solar.

Kansas Public Service Commission

As the governing body responsible for regulating electricity rates, KCC’s website offers information about task forces, public meetings and proposed rules and regulations.

Kansas Energy Information Network

This website provides information about small solar projects in Kansas. It also offers a wide range of information about other green technologies.

Kansas State Legislature

Find out about current bills and policies regarding solar power. You can also find information about committees and legislators who support going green.