Kentucky Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Kentucky Rebates and Incentives Summary

KentuckyIf 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.

Energy costs in Kentucky are about 3.5 cents per kilowatt-hour less than the national average, largely because of the state's vast coal reserves. When utility rates are that low, renewable energy adoption is slow. It takes more creativity to realize a cost savings when you install solar in a place with low grid power rates. However, Kentucky does offer some incentives that make solar financially enticing, including tax credits, loans, and even an electricity generation partnership program.

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.

 

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Atmos Energy - Natural Gas and Weatherization Efficiency Program

Summary

Atmos Energy provides rebates to residential and commercial for natural gas heating equipment through the Kentucky High Efficiency Rebate Program. When Atmos Receives the Kentucky High-Efficiency Rebate Installation and Verification Form with a customer's Atmos Energy account number, recent Atmos Energy utility bills, and dated purchase receipts/proof of installation for the eligible equipment, they will issue a check within 10 weeks. In addition to boilers, furnaces and water heating units, programmable thermostats are eligible for an incentive of $25. Forms and authorized dealers can be

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 BCAP websites.

The Kentucky Building Code (KBC) is updated every three years on a cycle one year behind the publication year for the International Building Code. Any changes to the code by the state of Kentucky are submitted to the Board of Housing for review by the Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction Division of Building Codes

Clark Energy - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Summary
 Clark Energy offers heating and cooling equipment rebates to residential customers.
The Button Up Program offers rebates for weatherization measures such as window and door replacement and added insulation. To qualify for this program, homes must be electrically heated and at least two years old. 
Clark Energy also offers whole home rebates as part of the Touchstone Energy Home program. Homes must meet certain efficiency standards and pass a blower door certification before they may become eligible for the rebate. ENERGY Star appliance rebates are also offered as part of this program. Please

Columbia Gas of Kentucky - Home Savings Rebate Program

Summary

Columbia Gas of Kentucky offers rebates to residential customers for the purchase and installation of energy efficient appliances and equipment. These programs include:

  • A Low-Income Furnace Replacement Program
  • A Home Energy Checkup Program
  • A Natural Gas Appliance Rebate Program

Water heaters, furnaces and space heating equipment are available for cash rebates. Additionally, free home energy audits are available to Columbia Gas customers. All efficiency and performance requirements must be met in order to receive rebates. Some installation requirements may also apply. All application and

Energy Efficiency Loans for State Government Agencies

Summary

Through the Green Bank of Kentucky, executive branch state agencies may be eligible for three separate energy loan products, depending on the proposed energy conservation improvements.* Prior to applying, all agencies are required to submit an energy survey (available on the Green Bank's web site). The Green Bank will then forward the loan application packet (including information regarding the additional required documentation) for the agency to complete and submit. All application letters must be signed by the agency head.

Initial funding for the Green Bank of Kentucky provided by the

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits (Personal)

Summary

In April 2008, Kentucky enacted legislation allowing a 30% state income tax credit for taxpayers who install certain energy efficiency measures on their principal residence or residential rental property. These energy efficiency measures include:

  • Qualified Energy Property Installation:* Water Heaters, Heat Pumps, Central Air Conditioners, Hot Water Boilers, Advanced Main Air Circulating Fans
  • Weatherization Measures: Windows and Storm Doors, Added Insulation

The tax credit may not exceed $100 for insulation, and $250 for qualified energy property, windows and storm doors. The total

Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative - Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative provides rebates to its customers for increasing their energy efficiency. Members who make improvements based on recommendations by the utility's energy advisor can receive rebates and incentives for appliances, weatherization, heat pumps, duct sealing, and refrigerator recycling. See website for more information.

Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance - Residential Loan Program

Summary

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance provides loans for single family residencies and owner occupied duplexes in Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties in Ohio and Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in Kentucky. To qualify for loans, homeowners must be within the Energy Alliance service territory, adhere to ENERGY STAR® minimum standards, and the upgrade must be completed by a participating Energy Alliance home performance contractor or installer.

Homewoners can review what energy efficiency upgrades are available and apply for either a 6.99% Whole Home loan (which requires a

Incentives for Energy Independence

Summary

In August 2007 Kentucky established the Incentives for Energy Independence Act to promote the development of renewable energy and alternative fuel facilities, energy efficient buildings, alternative fuel vehicles, research & development activities and other energy initiatives. For renewable energy facilities, the bill provides incentives to companies that build or renovate facilities that utilize renewable energy, which may include:

  • up to 100% of the Kentucky income tax or the limited liability entity tax
  • sales and use tax incentives of up to 100%
  • a wage assessment of up to 4% for

Inter-County Energy Efficiency Program

Summary

Inter-County Energy Cooperative offers several energy efficiency and demand-side management programs for residential customers. Incentives are available for heat pumps (including geothermal, air source, and mini-split heat pumps), weatherization (including caulking and improved window and door seals), HVAC duct sealing, and electric thermal storage usage. See the program web site for equipment requirements and application information. Inter-County Energy also offers free audits for residential members.

 

Inter-County Energy Touchstone New Construction Program

Summary

Inter-County Energy Cooperative provides incentives of up to $750 for homeowners that follow the Touchstone Energy Home standards when designing a new home. In order to participate in the program, the homeowners must contact the Member Services Department at Inter-County Energy prior to construction beginning. A pre-drywall inspection and a final inspection and testing must be performed.

Interconnection Standards

Summary

In April 2008, Kentucky enacted legislation which required the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to develop interconnection and net metering guidelines for all retail electric suppliers operating in Kentucky (excluding TVA utilities). The Kentucky PSC adopted those guidelines on January 8, 2009 (Order 2008-00169).

The PSC's rules set forth a two-tiered approach to simplify the interconnection process:

  • Level 1: applies to inverter-based systems up to 30 kilowatts (kW) in capacity, certified to the UL 1741 and complying with IEEE 1547. Systems cannot require the utility to make

Jackson Energy Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Summary

Established in Jackson County in 1938, Jackson Energy Cooperative, A Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a regional utility with headquarters in McKee, Kentucky, serving over 51,000 members in 15 southeastern Kentucky counties. It currently offers several rebate programs to members for increasing the efficiency of homes. 

Customers who have built new homes can apply for the Touchstone Energy Home rebate, whereby customers get a $750 rebate for building homes according to Touchstone Energy Home standards.

There is also a rebate for replacing air source heat pumps with electric heat resistance that

Kenergy - Residential Rebate Program

Summary

Kenergy is an electric cooperative that serves 51,000 households and commercial customers in 14 western Kentucky counties. Currently, Kenergy offers three rebate programs for residential customers who wish to increase the efficiency of their homes.

Customers can receive rebates for installing Energy Star geothermal, duel fuel, or air source heat pumps or have their existing HVAC unit professionally cleaned and serviced for a rebate. Kenergy also offers a rebate for purchasing an Energy Star clothes washer or refrigerator. The amounts for these rebates are as follows:

  • Air source heat pump: $50

Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas & Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

 Kentucky Utilities Company's Home Energy Rebate program provides incentives for residential customers to upgrade to energy efficiency home appliances and heat and air conditioning equipment.  Rebates are offered for refrigerators and freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, window film, heat pump water heaters, central air conditioners, and air-source heat pumps.  The amount of rebates offered per customer account per year is limited, and varies by type of equipment.

Meade County RECC - Residential Rebate Program

Summary

Meade County RECC offers rebates to residential members who install energy-efficient systems and equipment. New homebuilders can also access rebates for installing energy-efficient equipment through the Touchstone Energy New Home Program. Members and new homebuilders can apply for rebates for installing Energy Star-qualified products that include:

  • Air-source heat pumps
  • Dual fuel heap pumps
  • Geothermal heat pumps
  • Clothes washers
  • Refrigerators

Members may also receive a rebate of $25 for having up to three HVAC units professionally cleaned and serviced. Each unit qualifies for the

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development - Energy Efficient Enterprise Loan Program

Summary

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) offers loans to small and mid-sized businesses, non-profits, schools and municipalities to improve energy efficiency through its Energy Efficient Enterprises program. Commercial loans can be used to purchase a wide-variety of equipment and to pay for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations. The micro-loans (up to $50,000) may be used for lighting upgrades and the purchase of energy efficient appliances. The program is flexible; the loans are designed to finance energy efficiency projects that maintain a

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development - How$martKY On-Bill Financing Energy Efficiency Program

Summary

Four rural utility cooperatives in Eastern Kentucky (Big Sandy RECC, Fleming-Mason RECC, Grayson RECC, and Jackson Energy) work with MACED to provide energy retrofits as part of utility service under the KY Energy Retrofit Rider. The program, How$martKY, addresses a barrier that households and small businesses face when making an up-front investment in energy efficiency improvements such as insulation, air-sealing and HVAC upgrades.

Rather than paying for energy conservation measures up-frot, How$martKY allows customers to make installment payments as part of their monthly utility bills,

On-Farm Energy Efficiency & Production Grants

Summary

Note: The application deadline for the 2015 program year has passed. Visit the website for the program latest news.

Under the County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP), the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy (OAP) offers grants for farms that incorporate energy efficiency into their operations. A wide range of energy efficiency technologies are eligible for grants, given they meet the energy savings criteria.* Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. See the OAP homepage for application materials, reporting forms, and program guidelines. New applications and guidelines are

Owen Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary
Owen Electric Cooperative, Inc. (OEC) serves over 150,000 customers in nine north-central Kentucky counties: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton and Scott. For residential customers, Owen Electric offers some rebates for the installation of energy efficient measures. See the program website for complete details. 


 

Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Corporate)

Summary

In April 2008, Kentucky enacted legislation establishing a 30% state income tax credit for certain solar, wind and geothermal installations on single or multi-family residences and on commercial property. Kentucky corporate taxpayers may take the 30% credit on any of the following equipment installed on commercial property:

  • Active or passive solar space-heating systems
  • Combined active solar space-heating and water-heating systems
  • Solar hot water systems
  • Wind turbines

In addition, Kentucky corporate taxpayers may take a credit equal to $3 per watt (DC) of rated capacity for the installation

Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Personal)

Summary

Note: As of January 1, 2016, this tax credit is no longer available for new installations.

In April 2008, Kentucky enacted legislation establishing a 30% state income tax credit for certain renewable energy installations on residential and commercial property (see the Kentucky Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Corporate) for more information on taking the credit for installations on commercial property).

Kentucky taxpayers may take the 30% credit against individual income taxes for any of the following equipment installed on their principal residence:

  • Active or passive solar space-heating systems

Salt River Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs

Summary

Salt River Electric serves as the rural electric provider in Kentucky's Bullitt, Nelson, Spencer, and Washington counties. Residential customers are eligible for a variety of cash incentives for energy efficiency. The Touchstone Energy Home Program provides a rebate of up to $750 to elegible customers. building new homes that satisfy the energy efficiency requirements of the program, and who wish to install an electric water heater and either a Geothermal Heating/Cooling System or an Electric Heat Pump.  Salt River Electric also provides incentives for customers who replace either electric

Solar Easements

Summary

In Kentucky, solar easements may be obtained for the purpose of ensuring access to direct sunlight. Easements must be expressed in writing and will become an interest in real property that may be acquired and transferred.

South Kentucky RECC - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Summary

South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) provides service to more than 60,000 customers in southeastern Kentucky. To promote energy efficiency to residential customers, South Kentucky RECC offers a variety of rebates and cash incentives.

The Button-Up Program provides up to $400 for any improvement a customer makes to the insulation and other weatherization measures in participating residences. The incentive payment will be $20 for every 1,000 BTUs the home's heating load is lowered. South Kentucky RECC will conduct a heat loss calculation before and after you make

Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Facilities

Summary

In August 2007 Kentucky established the Incentives for Energy Independence Act to promote the development of renewable energy and alternative fuel facilities, energy efficient buildings, alternative fuel vehicles, research & development activities and other energy initiatives. For renewable energy facilities, the bill provides incentives to companies that build or renovate facilities that utilize renewable energy, which may include:

  • up to 100% of the Kentucky income tax or the limited liability entity tax
  • sales and use tax incentives of up to 100%
  • a wage assessment of up to 4% for

Tax Exemption for Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects

Summary

In August 2007 Kentucky established the Incentives for Energy Independence Act (IEIA) to promote the development of renewable energy and alternative fuel facilities, energy efficient buildings, alternative fuel vehicles, research & development activities, and other energy initiatives. For renewable energy facilities, IEIA provides incentives to companies that build or renovate facilities that utilize renewable energy. A renewable energy facility is defined as one that generates at least 50 kW of electricity from solar power or at least 1 MW from wind power, biomass, landfill gas, hydropower

TVA - Mid-Sized Renewable Standard Offer Program

Summary

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) now compliments the small generation Green Power Providers Program by providing incentives for mid-sized renewable energy generators between 50kW and 20MW to enter into long term price contracts. The goal for total production from all participants is 100MW, with no more than 50MW from any one renewable technology. The Renewable Standard Offer program also includes Solar Solution Initiative program that offers additional financial incentives for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) projects. 

TVA bases the standard offer for customer generators off of a seasonal time

TVA - Solar Solutions Initiative

Summary

Solar Solutions Initiative (SSI) is a pilot program that offers additional financial incentives for Solar PV systems participating in the Renewable Standard Offer program. Applications for new projects for the year 2015 will open on January 2, 2015. Participants applying for the Solar Solutions Incentive program are required to apply through the Renewable Standard Offer program.

The program offers performance based incentive of $0.04/kWh for the first 10 years after the project is operational. This incentive is additional to the seasonal and time-of-day price for electricity offered