When it comes too solar, Kansas has gleaming potential. With more than 225 sunny days a year, the state ranks fifth in the nation for potential. But potential only gets you so far. If Kansas is going to go the distance, it will need to make some significant policy changes that encourage more solar development. Unfortunately, Kansas is moonwalking away from a sunny solar future.
While the state had a healthy net metering policy, new legislation weakened it in 2014. People with systems installed prior to July 1, 2014 can’t be charged anymore for their grid connection than their neighbor who doesn’t have solar. Homeowners with newer systems, however, can be charged an extra connection fee. On top of that, homeowners with solar systems installed before July 1, 2014 will be credited at the retail rate for excess power they feed back onto the grid. For systems installed more recently, homeowners are only credited at the utility’s avoided cost rate.
Meanwhile, many of the incentives that once existed to encourage solar installations in the state have evaporated. Kansas is steadily regressing in terms of solar policy.
|Program Type||Net Metering|
|Technologies||Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Wind Energy|
|Amount||Credited to customer's next bill at the retail rate if system began operating before July 1, 2014 and at the average cost rate if system began operating on or after July 1, 2014; NEG expires on March 31 each year.|
|Required Documentation||Interconnection agreement|
|Official Web Site||http://www.kansasenergy.org/renewable_issues.htm|
Net metering in Kansas started out strong. But new legislation passed in 2014 that rolls the program back. The size of the system Kansas residents can connect to the grid dropped dramatically. Where residential systems could be as large as 25 Kilowatts and commercial systems could be 200 kilowatts before April, 2014, system sizes are now limited to 15 kilowatts for homes, 100 kilowatts for businesses and 150 kilowatts for schools and government buildings.
On top of the limitation in system size, utilities may now charge solar customers a higher interconnection rate and only have to credit solar customers for their excess power at the avoided cost rate rather than the retail rate that was required before the legislation passed.
|Program Type||Property Tax Incentive|
|Technologies||Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind Energy, Geothermal Electric|
|Required Documentation||Receipts from the renewable energy equipment|
|Official Web Site||http://www.kcc.state.ks.us/energy/index.htm|
As of 1999, any renewable energy equipment installed in the state of Kansas is exempt from property taxes.
Unlike many of the renewable energy incentives available in Kansas, this tax break is available not only to businesses, but to homeowners as well, and applies to most types of renewable energy equipment, including solar panels and solar thermal electric systems. Since this exemption covers 100 percent of state property taxes, it is a modest but important step for Kansas in helping to make solar energy more widely available to private households.
|Residential Energy Conservation Subsidy Exclusion (Corporate)||US||Financial Incentive||Corporate Tax Exemption||03/05/2002||04/24/2015|
|Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs)||US||Financial Incentive||Loan Program||05/02/2006||04/16/2015|
|Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC)||US||Financial Incentive||Corporate Tax Credit||03/11/2002||04/13/2015|
|Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)||US||Financial Incentive||Grant Program||03/31/2015||03/31/2015|
|Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs)||US||Financial Incentive||Loan Program||10/23/2008||03/20/2015|
|U.S. Federal Government - Green Power Purchasing Goal||US||Regulatory Policy||Green Power Purchasing||02/19/2004||03/20/2015|
|Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC)||US||Financial Incentive||Corporate Tax Credit||03/15/2002||03/18/2015|
|Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)||US||Financial Incentive||Grant Program||03/16/2015||03/16/2015|
|Interconnection Standards for Small Generators||US||Regulatory Policy||Interconnection||10/30/2007||03/16/2015|
|Tribal Energy Program Grant||US||Financial Incentive||Grant Program||05/01/2003||03/05/2015|
|USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (EA/REDA) Program||US||Financial Incentive||Grant Program||02/18/2015||02/19/2015|
|Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit||US||Financial Incentive||Personal Tax Credit||08/10/2005||02/16/2015|
|Residential Energy Conservation Subsidy Exclusion (Personal)||US||Financial Incentive||Personal Tax Exemption||03/05/2002||02/16/2015|
|USDA - Repowering Assistance Biorefinery Program||US||Financial Incentive||Grant Program||10/08/2012||02/06/2015|
|Renewable Energy Standards||KS||Regulatory Policy||Renewables Portfolio Standard||05/27/2009||02/04/2015|
|Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS)||US||Financial Incentive||Corporate Depreciation||03/15/2002||12/23/2014|
|Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction||US||Financial Incentive||Corporate Tax Deduction||01/10/2006||12/22/2014|
|Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit||US||Financial Incentive||Personal Tax Credit||01/10/2006||12/22/2014|
|Energy-Efficient New Homes Tax Credit for Home Builders||US||Financial Incentive||Corporate Tax Credit||01/10/2006||12/20/2014|
|USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants||US||Financial Incentive||Grant Program||04/09/2003||12/09/2014|
|USDA - Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Loan Guarantees||US||Financial Incentive||Loan Program||04/09/2003||12/09/2014|
|FHA PowerSaver Loan Program||US||Financial Incentive||Loan Program||12/04/2014||12/04/2014|
|USDA - High Energy Cost Grant Program||US||Financial Incentive||Grant Program||09/27/2010||11/20/2014|
|U.S. Department of Energy - Loan Guarantee Program||US||Financial Incentive||Loan Program||09/12/2008||11/20/2014|
|Energy Efficiency Standards for Public Facilities||KS||Regulatory Policy||Energy Standards for Public Buildings||11/06/2014||11/06/2014|
|City of Wichita - Solar Contractor Licensing||KS||Regulatory Policy||Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing||11/03/2014||11/03/2014|
|USDA - Biorefinery Assistance Program||US||Financial Incentive||Loan Program||10/04/2012||10/08/2014|
|Energy-Efficient Mortgages||US||Financial Incentive||Loan Program||03/21/2002||10/06/2014|
|City of Greensburg - Green Building Requirement for New Municipal Buildings||KS||Regulatory Policy||Energy Standards for Public Buildings||01/31/2008||10/03/2014|
|Waste Heat Utilization System Property Tax Exemption||KS||Financial Incentive||Property Tax Incentive||08/25/2014||08/27/2014|
|Waste Heat Utilization System Income Tax Deduction (Personal)||KS||Financial Incentive||Personal Tax Deduction||08/25/2014||08/27/2014|
|Waste Heat Utilization System Income Tax Deduction (Corporate)||KS||Financial Incentive||Corporate Tax Deduction||08/27/2014||08/27/2014|
|Solar Easements||KS||Regulatory Policy||Solar/Wind Access Policy||01/01/2000||08/21/2014|
|Building Energy Code||KS||Regulatory Policy||Building Energy Code||06/30/2006||08/21/2014|
|Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption||KS||Financial Incentive||Property Tax Incentive||01/01/2000||08/13/2014|
|Net Metering||KS||Regulatory Policy||Net Metering||05/29/2009||08/13/2014|
|Interconnection Guidelines||KS||Regulatory Policy||Interconnection||06/08/2009||08/13/2014|
|Energy Goals and Standards for Federal Government||US||Regulatory Policy||Energy Standards for Public Buildings||06/19/2006||03/24/2014|
|Kansas City Board of Public Utilities - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program||KS||Financial Incentive||Rebate Program||03/11/2009||02/13/2013|
|Federal Appliance Standards||US||Regulatory Policy||Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards||06/30/2006||12/19/2012|
|Midwest Energy (Gas and Electric) - How$mart Energy Efficiency Finance Program||KS||Financial Incentive||Loan Program||12/19/2008||09/18/2012|