Kansas Solar Rebates and Incentives

Kansas Rebates and Incentives Summary

Kansas

When it comes to 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

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