Kansas' electricity prices average $0.12/kWh, below the national average of $0.14/kWh and down from last year.
The average cost of a 5.5kW (equivalent to saving 120 trees a year) solar power system starts around $12,000 in Kansas. That system would pay for itself through energy savings within 6-7.3 years. System life can span well over 25 years, and savings will improve with inflation. One courld reasonably expect a net profit of over $20,000 for such a system over its life.
After several attempts, the Kansas House of Representatives repealed the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) which had for 20% renewable electricity by 2020, and replaced it with a "voluntary goal” for that same 20% of peak demand. The voluntary goal was exceeded, thanks mainly to industrial wind farms across the state. Currently Kansas ranks 47th in the US for installed solar.
In 2019 the Kansas Corporation Commission adopted K.A.R. 82-17-1 through 82-17-5 to implement net-metering standards which include monthly fees added to the energy bills of homeowners with grid-tied solar power systems. In a rare upset the monthly fees were overturned by the state supreme court the following year. Kansas net metering laws require private utility companies to give homeowners full credit for grid-exported energy, but those credits generally expire after 12 months if unused. Rooftop solar installations are exempt from property tax, but sales tax still applies.
Because Kansas has no state-level interconnection policy, requirements vary by utility.
Data from DSIRE. For more info visit: https://www.dsireusa.org/
|Name||Implementing Sector||Program Type||Administrator||DSIRE ID|
|Solar Easements||State||Solar/Wind Access Policy||8|
|Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption||State||Property Tax Incentive||Kansas Corporation Commission||75|
|Kansas Electric Utilities Research Program (KEURP)||State||Other Policy||466|
|Parallel Generation Law||State||Net Metering||586|
|City of Wichita - Solar Contractor Licensing||Local||Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing||5580|
|Energy Efficiency Standards for Public Facilities||State||Energy Standards for Public Buildings||5585|
|Wichita City - Solar Permitting||Local||Solar/Wind Permitting Standards||5940|
|Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative - Energy Audit||Utility||Energy Analysis||Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative||15233|
|Midwest Energy - Commercial Energy Audits||Utility||Energy Analysis||Midwest Energy||15237|
|Kansas City Power & Light - Business Energy Analyzer||Utility||Energy Analysis||Kansas City Power & Light||15488|
|Midwest Energy - Building or Process Infrared Scanning Service||Utility||Energy Analysis||Midwest Energy||16700|
|Kansas Gas Service - Natural Gas Technology||Other||Training and Information||Kansas Gas Service||17147|
|Kansas Gas Service - Planning and Analysis||Other||Training and Information||17148|
|Westar Energy - Large Commercial and Industrial Services||Other||Energy Analysis||Westar Energy||17151|
|Westar Energy - Building Operator Certification Training||Other||Training and Information||Westar Energy||19865|
|Midwest Energy - Midwest EnergyLine||Utility||Energy Analysis||Midwest Energy||20666|
|Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) - Energy Consulting||Non-Profit||Energy Analysis||Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin)||21731|
|Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) - Back of the Envelope Calculator||Non-Profit||Energy Analysis||Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin)||21732|
|Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - Midwest Industrial Initiative||Non-Profit||Energy Analysis||Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance||21755|
|Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - Building Operator Certification||Non-Profit||Training and Information||Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)||21761|
|Kansas Gas Service - Energy Calculators||State||Energy Analysis||22031|