The state of solar power in Kansas

Kansas used to be the floor of the shallow Western Interior Seaway and is one of the flattest states in the US. Because of all the vast and open spaces on the Kansas plains, it is the ideal place to harness solar power.

Kansas also gets plenty of sunlight—up to six peak-sun hours per day, which is similar to the sunshine in California. The state’s net-metering policy and property tax exemption on solar make this state ideal for the implementation of solar power, despite problems with the Kansas Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.


How much solar power does Kansas produce?

Kansas produces around 33.72 megawatts of solar power, which is enough to power 4,174 homes and provide 896 solar power-related jobs. These figures are relatively low in comparison with those of states like California and Texas, but they are starting to ramp up, thanks to retailers, schools, and other organizations going solar.

Is solar power generation feasible in Kansas?

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Despite the state’s favorable location and topography, there are some issues with the implementation of solar solutions in Kansas. The most prominent hindrance is that Kansas repealed its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and implemented a voluntary system.

As a result, utility companies can continuously increase the cost of energy that they source from their own alternative power plants instead of helping homeowners generate their own electricity from solar.

However, solar power remains feasible in Kansas. There is sufficient sunshine to optimize the dollars you get out of your solar system over its lifespan. Kansas also has a net-metering policy that requires private utility companies to credit you for every kilowatt-hour that your system supplies to the grid.

Another factor that contributes to the feasibility of solar in Kansas is that property owners are exempt from property tax when they go solar. After solar installation, your home will likely be worth more, but your property tax obligation will not increase.

How much does solar cost in Kansas?

Several factors determine the cost of solar power in Kansas, including the system size, available roof space, roof orientation, roof shading, and roofing type. Customers who purchase solar may qualify for the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is currently a 26%, dollar for dollar, tax credit for the cost of your solar system that can be applied toward your tax debt.* The percentage will decrease to 22 % in 2021 and in 2022, there will no longer be an incentive.

There are no notable solar power rebates, state solar tax credits, or solar performance payments in Kansas. Because Kansas repealed its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, the only solar incentive available to system owners in Kansas is the Federal Tax Credit.*

  • *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.

How can I start using solar in Kansas?

Switching to grid-tied solar power is one of the most effective ways to reduce your energy costs. At SunPower, we can provide you with a comprehensive solar solution that includes determining your energy needs, selecting the right system components, and providing a SunPower-certified installer to install your system. Whether you are a homeowner, business or homebuilder, SunPower has services and products to suit your needs. Request a free savings estimate to get started and find out how much you can save with SunPower® solar.


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