Kansas

Kansas Rebates and Incentives Summary

Kansas

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.

Kansas Net Metering

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.

Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption

Program Type Property Tax Incentive
Technologies Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind Energy, Geothermal Electric                                 
Amount 100 percent
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.

Kansas Solar Power Financial Incentives

Financial Incentives

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