Missouri Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Missouri Rebates and Incentives Summary

MissouriMissouri has plenty of famous landmarks, from the St. Louis Arch to the lush Ozarks. So why not make the state famous for leading the way toward clean energy in the southern United States, as well? While some programs have been set up to help guide Missouri to increased solar power usage, the state still has a ways to go to catch up with some of its neighbors. By 2020, 11 percent of Missouri’s energy needs are to be met by renewable sources, but the legislature has not determined which sources will count toward this goal.

Net metering has recently become available for homeowners with solar panels, and applies to any photovoltaic system 100 kW or less. The energy you generate pays off as credits on the following month’s energy bill, but unfortunately, excess credits are donated to the utility company at the end of the year. Additionally, Missouri offers property tax deductions for homeowners, loans for schools and institutions, and rebate programs for using solar energy equipment through some utilities companies.


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Ameren Missouri (Electric) - Residential Heating and Cooling Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Ameren Missouri offers rebates to its residential electric customers for the installation of new energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. Rebates are available for single-family residences, multifamily residences with four units or fewer, and row houses (single family residences that share vertical walls only with other single-family residences). This program provides rebates for installations made on or after March 7, 2016; all rebate applications under this program must be made before February 15, 2019. Installations must be performed by a participating contractor. Incentive amounts

Building Energy Code


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.

Missouri does not have a statewide building or energy code for private residential and commercial buildings, and there currently is no state regulatory agency authorized to promulgate, adopt, or update construction codes on a statewide basis. All state-owned buildings must comply with Missouri Minimum Energy Efficiency

City of Columbia - Renewable Portfolio Standard


In November 2004, voters in Columbia, Missouri, approved* a proposal to adopt a local renewable portfolio standard (RPS). (The state renewable electricity standard adopted by ballot initiative in November 2008 does not apply to municipal utilities such as Columbia Water & Light.) The city's municipal utility Columbia Water & Light is required to generate or purchase 30% of its electricity from eligible renewable energy resources by the end of 2028. Nearly 7% of all energy sources for 2013 were renewable according to the most recent renewable energy report.

The goal was revised in 2014 to

City of Kansas City - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings


In March 2011, the City Council of Kansas City adopted a policy that the design, construction, and operation of new facilities of any size and renovations in which the facility affected has at least 5,000 square feet of space must conform to the Gold Rating or higher of the most recent version of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Each contract for applicable projects must contain provisions sufficient to require the designer and constructor to comply with the LEED Gold Standard at a minimum and submit

City of Kansas City - Solar Easements and Geothermal Access


Solar Easements

Owners of accessory solar energy systems are responsible for negotiating with other property owners for any desired solar easements to protect access to sunlight. An easements must be recorded in the office of the appropriate county recorder of deeds.

The State of Missouri also has a similar state law pertaining to solar easements.

Geothermal Access

Kansas City municipal code expressly permits geothermal heat exchange systems in all zoning districts. Systems must be located entirely within the lot lines of property or within appropriate easements and may not be located

City Utilities of Springfield - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


City Utilities of Springfield Missouri provides incentives for residential customers to increase the efficiency of eligible homes. Rebates are available for programmable thermostats, insulation upgrades, whole home upgrades, and HVAC equipment. The HVAC rebates are available for single- and multi-family residential customers, as well as new home builders. Some rebates may vary based upon the efficiency of the purchased equipment. All equipment must meet minimum efficiency requirements to receive rebate. Visit the program website for specific information on individual rebate amounts and

Columbia Water & Light - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Loan


The Columbia Water & Light (CWL) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program allows Columbia residents to finance energy efficiency improvements to homes with affordable, low-interest loans with terms up to 10 years. If a CWL customer has a good credit history and owns an eligible home, loans can be used to install insulation, heating and cooling systems, solar water heating and solar space heating systems, and other eligible efficiency technologies.

The program involves several steps. First, a CLW certified contractor conducts a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR assessment, which provides

Columbia Water & Light - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Rebates


Columbia Water and Light, a municipal utility, offers rebates to its residential customers who make certain energy efficient improvements to the home. Under the Home Performance with Energy Star program, prescriptive rebates are available for windows, doors, air conditioners, heat pumps and building insulation while rebates for air duct sealing are based on performance tests. Newly constructed homes can only apply for the New Home Energy Star Rebate.

In order to participate in the program, customers must first have a Comprehensive Home Assessment performed by an approved contractor. Only

Columbia Water & Light - Solar Energy Loans


Columbia Water & Light (CWL) offers electric residential and commercial customers low-interest loans for photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heaters.


The loan applicant should be the property owner* (Deed of Trust required), have a good payment history with the utility, be current with property tax statements, follow the parameters of the PV net metering agreement/rebate or the solar water heater rebate, and meet specific minimum insulation requirements. Residential customers applying for the loan for a solar energy system on a home that was built more than 10 years prior to

Empire District Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate


The Empire District Electric Company offers rebates for customers who construct highly efficient homes and purchase efficient central air conditioners. Eligible customers include residential customers, owners of rental properties, and builders of new homes. Rebate levels increase with the efficiency of the system as measured by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) for the unit. 

Rebates are only available for systems installed on or after June 4, 2007, and participants must provide documentation of system efficiency through either a Certificate of ARI-Certified Performance or

Energy Loan Program


Note: FY2016 (2.75% interest rate) loan cycle is now open. Loan applications submitted are being accepted from September 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015.

The Missouri Energy Loan Program, administered by the Division of Energy in the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED), is available for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for public and governmental buildings and structures. Eligible recipients include public schools (K-12), public/private colleges and universities, city/county governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public/private non

Energy Standards for Public Buildings


Note: As of July 2015, Missouri state facilities under construction or renovation, and commercial buildings purchased or leased by state agencies, must comply with the 2015 IECC, pursuant to the Section 8.812 requirement that standards be at least as stringent as the latest version of the IECC.

Energy Conservation Goals

In April 2009 Missouri’s Governor issued Executive Order No. 09-18, requiring all state agencies whose building management falls under the Office of Administration to adopt policies designed to reduce energy consumption by 2% each year for the next 10 years.


Interconnection Guidelines


Missouri enacted legislation in June 2007 requiring all electric utilities—investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, and electric cooperatives—to offer net metering to customers that generate electricity using wind energy, solar-thermal energy, hydroelectric energy, photovoltaics (PV), fuel cells using hydrogen produced by one of the aforementioned resources, and other sources of energy certified as renewable by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted administrative rules for investor-owned utilities that included simplified

Kirkwood Electric - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Kirkwood Electric offers rebates to its residential customers who install energy-efficient heat pumps and electric hot water heaters in their new and existing homes. Customers will be given a rebate of $300 for each electric heat pump installed and an additional $100 for each electric water heater installed. 

Customers can use any electrician/HVAC dealer licensed to work in the city of Kirkwood. Customers who are interested can call the Building Commissioner's Office at 314-822-5823 for a list of licensed electricians.


Laclede Gas Company - Loan Programs for Energy Efficiency


The Laclede Gas Company offers two loan programs for customers to improve energy efficiency.

The Insulation Financing Program loans funds to qualifying residential customers who meet standard credit requirements for insulation improvements to homes, up to $2,000 at a 3% annual interest rate. To apply, contact Laclede Gas.

The EnergyWise Dealer Program loans funds up to $10,000 to qualifying residential and commercial customers for the purchase of energy-efficient gas furnaces, gas appliances, and air conditioners. The program has an overall limit of four heating systems per customer. A

Liberty Utilities - Residential and Small Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Program


Liberty Utilities provides a number of general rebate offerings to customers under the company's Residential Firm Service Rate or the Small Firm General Service Rate. Through this program, rebates are available for eligible equipment purchases such as boilers, furnaces, storage water heaters, tankless water heaters and programmable thermostats. 

Additionally, owner-occupied residential the Energize Liberty Utilities Homes program. This program offers a comprehensive approach to making energy saving upgrades in existing residences. A home energy audit is required prior to gaining eligibility for

Local Option - Clean Energy Development Boards


Note:  A new PACE board called Show Me PACE was established in June 2015.

In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not

Missouri Clean Energy District


In July 2010 Missouri enacted the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act, which led to the creation of the statewide Missouri Clean Energy District (MCED) in January 2011.


Any county, city, or incorporated town or village in Missouri may join MCED at no membership cost, allowing residents to benefit from PACE financing without requiring the local government to take on additional work load, budget impact, or liability. The Board provides the necessary administrative functions so that communities have access to funding while avoiding the burden of running another new program. A unique

Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) - Residential High Efficiency Heating Rebate Program

Missouri Gas Energy (MGE), a division of Laclede Gas Company, offers various rebates to residential customers for investing in energy efficient equipment and appliances. All individually metered residential units in eligible service territory may receive incentives. For more information, visit the program website.

Net Metering


Eligibility and Availability

Missouri enacted legislation in June 2007 requiring all electric utilities—investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, and electric cooperatives—to offer net metering to customers with systems up to 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity that generate electricity using wind energy, solar-thermal energy, hydroelectric energy, photovoltaics (PV), fuel cells using hydrogen produced by one of the aforementioned resources, and other sources of energy certified as renewable by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Systems must be intended primarily to offset part or

Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative - Residential and Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebates


Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative offers a variety of rebates to residential and commercial customers who wish to upgrade to energy efficient equipment. Newly installed ground source heat pumps are eligible for a $750 per ton rebate. This rebate amount also covers the replacement of existing propane, natural gas, air source or electric resistance heating units. Dual fuel and replacement geothermal heat pumps may receive a rebate of $150 per ton. Units greater than 10 tons must be pre-approved before installation to participate in the rebate program. The co-op also provides $50 rebates for

Set the PACE St. Louis


Set the PACE St. Louis provides 100% upfront, fixed rate, long-term financing to property owners for qualified energy upgrades, including energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy systems. Property owners repay PACE financing over a period up to 20 years through additional payments on their property tax bills. Financing is structured so that energy savings must more than offset the additional property tax assessment.

Commercial property owners, community associations (e.g., Home Owners Associations), and some residential property owners are eligible for Set the PACE St. Louis.

Show Me PACE


In July 2010 Missouri enacted the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act. In June 2015, Show Me PACE was established under this law as a Clean Energy Development Board. PACE financing allows property owners to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements to their property using assessments on their property taxes.


Show Me PACE currently operates in several municipalities and counties, which are listed on this page. Any Missouri municipality is eligible to become a member in Show Me PACE.

Show Me PACE has arranged for Missouri counties and municipalities

Solar Easements & Rights Laws


In Missouri, the right to utilize solar energy is a property right, but eminent domain may not be used to obtain such a property right. Easements obtained for the purpose of construction, reconstruction, remodeling, or acquisition of a solar energy system should be created in writing and are subject to the same conveyance and instrument recording requirements as other easements. Solar easements are considered a negative (i.e., restrictive or use prohibitive) easement and cannot be acquired by prescription; they must be negotiated expressly.

Tax Deduction for Home Energy Audits and Energy Efficiency Improvements


In July 2008 Missouri enacted legislation allowing homeowners to take an income tax deduction of the cost of home energy audits and associated energy efficiency improvements. The tax deduction is valid for expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2009. Any deduction shall be claimed for the tax year in which the qualified home energy audit was conducted or in which the implementation of the recommended energy efficiency improvements occurred.

The deduction claimed cannot exceed $1,000 per year for individual taxpayers or exceed $2,000 per year for taxpayers filing combined returns. A