If you’re lucky enough to enjoy the low utility fees prevalent in Kentucky, you can save even more money while saving the planet by taking advantage of some of the financial incentives for solar power available to state residents.
These low prices on power are about 3.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kW/hr) less than the national average, but are largely due to the fact that Kentucky has vast coal reserves. This is not to say that Kentucky’s state government ignores the need for alternative energy, however. Tax credits, loans, and even an electricity generation partnership program are all available to encourage the spread of renewable energy in the area. Much of Kentucky has a solar rating of “good,” and many households, especially in the Louisville area, could potentially take advantage of the sunny days if their roofs have more than 600 square feet of space.
You’re probably fairly happy with your utilities provider if you live in the Bluegrass State; after all, E. ON U.S., LLC, the main energy provider for much of the state, consistently ranks among the top utility companies for customer satisfaction. This contentedness, coupled with the widespread availability of coal, are reasons Kentucky has not instituted as many incentives for renewable energy as some other states.
However, as air quality becomes an increasing concern for more residents, improved rebates and other financial incentives will most likely be created through the action of the state government.