Kansas Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Kansas Rebates and Incentives Summary

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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.

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Building Energy Code

Summary

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

Kansas adopted the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as "the applicable state standard" for commercial and industrial buildings. Enforcement is provided by local jurisdictions; the state corporation commission has no authority to adopt or enforce energy efficiency standards for residential, commercial,

City of Greensburg - Green Building Requirement for New Municipal Buildings

Summary

In the aftermath of a May 2007 tornado that destroyed 95% of the city, the Greensburg City Council passed an ordinance requiring that all newly constructed or renovated municipally-owned facilities larger than 4,000 square feet be designed to conform to the platinum rating of the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System. The ordinance further requires that such buildings be designed to achieve all 10 points possible under EA Credit 1 "Optimize Energy Performance." Achieving this requires a whole building energy consumption reduction of 42% compared to the

City of Wichita - Solar Contractor Licensing

Summary

Any person in the business of installing, repairing, replacing, altering, or maintenance of a solar energy system must, before obtaining any permit or transacting any business, obtain a license from the superintendent of central inspection.

The energy advisory board designates the times and place for examination of all applicants desiring to engage in or work at the business of installing, repairing, replacing, altering, or maintenance of a solar energy system in the city.

All applicants for a journeyman installer certificate must have had a minimum of 1 year practical experience at the

Interconnection Guidelines

Summary

Kansas adopted the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act in May 2009 (see K.S.A. 66-1263 through 66-1271), establishing interconnection guidelines and net metering for customer-owned generators.

Generators must meet all applicable safety, performance, interconnection and reliability standards established by the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Safety Code, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Underwriters Laboratories, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and any local governing authorities. The Kansas Corporation Commission adopted rules (K.A.R. 82

Midwest Energy (Gas and Electric) - How$mart Energy Efficiency Finance Program

Summary

Midwest Energy offers its residential and small commercial electricity and natural gas customers in good standing a way to finance energy efficiency improvements on eligible properties. Under the How$mart on-bill financing program, the utility will pay the initial cost of making energy efficiency improvements, then recoup the cost of these improvements through a surcharge on the customer's bill. The surcharge is estimated to be less than the energy savings associated with the improvements. It allows customers to make efficiency improvements with no up-front costs.

In order to participate in

Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption

Summary

Note: In May 2015, S.B. 91 was enacted, which limits the property tax exemption for applications received after December 31, 2016, to a period of 10 years.

Kansas statute exempts renewable energy equipment from property taxes if an application for an exemption is filed for the property on or before December 31, 2016. For applications for exemptions filed after December 31, 2016, a property tax exemption is limited to the 10 taxable years immediately following the taxable year in which construction or installation of such property is completed.

Renewable energy includes wind, solar thermal

Solar Easements

Summary

Parties may voluntarily enter into solar easement contracts for the purpose of ensuring adequate exposure of a solar energy system. An easement must be expressed in writing and recorded with the register of deeds for that county.

Wichita City - Solar Permitting

Summary

Solar Installation plans, specifications and other data shall be submitted for permit to the Building Official. The fees for solar installation are as follows, $40 for two or less site inspection for final approval and $15 for each additional site inspection. The Energy Advisory Board acts as a board of appeals for the solar installation process. Specific certificates and licenses are required to install, repair, replace and alter solar energy systems and it is unlawful to do so without a certificate or license.