Solar power in Kansas

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Solar car developed by Kansas State University

Solar power in Kansas has been growing in recent years due to new technological improvements and a variety of regulatory actions and financial incentives, particularly a 30% federal tax credit, available through 2016, for any size project.[1]

It is estimated that 25% of electricity in Kansas could be provided by rooftop solar panels.[2]

In 2011, Kansas's largest solar array, 118 kW, was the rooftop installation at Peeper Ranch in Lenexa. Its output is available online.[3]

Net metering[edit]

The state's net metering program allows residential installations of up to 25 kW and 200 kW non-residential on-site electrical generation to roll over any excess generation to the next month, but any excess at the end of the year is lost. Participation is limited to 1% of utility's previous year peak demand.[4] Many of the states have net metering policies that are inadequate for 100% renewable energy. Kansas was given a B for net metering and an F for interconnection policies.[5]

Installed capacity[edit]

Source: NREL[6]
Photovoltaics (MWp)[7][8][9][10][11]
Year Capacity Change  % Change
2010 0.1 0.1 >100%
2011 0.2 <0.1 100%
2012 0.5 0.3 150%
2013 1.1 0.6 120%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Prospects for solar power never brighter
  2. ^ Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation
  3. ^ Peeper Ranch Plant Profile
  4. ^ "Kansas - Net Metering". Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  5. ^ Freeing the Grid pg. 12
  6. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  8. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 20. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  9. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  10. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  11. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26. 

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