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Kansas

 

An arrow graphic shows that Kansas’s voluntary renewable energy goal is set at 20% in 2020.

Carve-out: None
Tracking system: North American Renewables Registry (NAR)

 

Kansas' original Renewable Energy Standard was changed in 2015 from a standard to a voluntary goal. The standard required investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and electric cooperatives to purchase 20% of the utility’s peak demand from renewables. For every megawatt generated in state, the generator will receive a renewable energy credit of 1.1 MW. Kansas allows up to 100 kW of solar PV projects to be net metered. Midmarket customer-generators with systems up to 200 kW may be eligible for compensation through parallel generation contracts with the local utility.

Net Metering

Kansas' metering policy applies to the state's IOUs: Westar, Kansas City Power and Light, and Empire Power District. Other electric cooperatives have elected to implement net-metering programs as well. Net metering is available on a first-come, first-served basis up to an aggregate capacity limit of 1% of the IOU's retail peak demand for the previous year. For systems placed in service on or after July 1, 2014, credits for net excess generation are issued based on the utility’s average monthly cost of energy per kilowatt-hour.

System size limit: Systems are capped at 100 kW for non-residential customers and 150 kW for schools.

Aggregate cap: Not addressed

Credit: Retail price (systems began operating before July 1, 2014); at the average cost rate (systems began operating on or after July 1, 2014)

RECs: All net-metered systems count toward the utility's compliance with Kansas's RPS. The utility and the customer-generator may sell any associated Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) when the generator's capacity is being utilized towards the utility's RPS compliance.

Meter aggregation: Not addressed

As an alternative to net metering, customer-generators of systems up to 200 kW may enter into a "parallel generation" contract with the utility, under which they export electricity to the utility at a rate of 150% of the utility’s monthly average cost of energy for net excess generation.

Interconnection

Kansas' interconnection policy applies to IOUs and limits systems capacity at 100 kW for nonresidential systems (150 kW for schools) placed in service on or after July 1, 2014. Utilities must provide a bi-directional meter to customers at no additional cost.

System size limit: 100 kW for nonresidential systems; 150 kW for schools

Liability insurance: Additional insurance not required for generators that meet the technical standards

External disconnect switch: Utility's discretion

Third Party Ownership

Third party solar power purchase agreements are not allowed in Kansas. Currently only certified public utilities or customer-generators may own generating equipment.

Community Solar

Kansas currently does not have statewide community solar policies or programs. Individual utilities offer community solar programs.

State Incentive Programs

Solar PV systems exempt from property taxation for 10 years.

Utility Incentive Programs

Please check local utilities for applicable midscale solar incentives.

Resources

The list below provides some resources for each type of policy or program. Please reference and contact relevant authorities and local utilities for the most up-to-date and accurate information on state and utility policies and incentive programs.

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Net metering and interconnection

Programs and incentives