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Solar incentives in Kansas to up savings and down expenses

Sunny Kansas – is there a better place to install solar panels? If you think the same but are worried that installation will turn into an expensive undertaking, read our article about solar incentives in Kansas.

Save 30% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit

The US government wants more people to go solar: it’s a modern and green way of getting energy. This is why the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program was developed. It allows American citizens to claim 30% of the cost of their installation as an income tax deduction. The cost here is not only solar panels, but also shipping, installation expenses and more. For example, if your system overall made you spend $10,000, the government returns you $3,000. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes.

Make money off your solar system with net metering program

Like in any other state, in Kansas you can sell your electricity into the commercial grid and gain credits from your electric company. Since 2014, residential solar systems must be under 15kW to be eligible for the Net Metering program. Commercial installations have a capacity limit of 100kW. For those who joined net-metering after July 1, 2014, all the net excess generation (NEG) is credited at a 100% rate of the utility's monthly system average cost of energy per kWh at the end of each billing period. The rates differ from company to company, so contact your electric supplier for more information.

Increase your buying power with Energy Efficient Mortgages

The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) program allows you to quickly get more money for energy upgrades for your home or for a new property with preinstalled upgrades. These loans are insured through the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) programs.

If you qualify for an FHA loan, you do for the EEM program. Usually, the energy package that can be added to a standard FHA loan amounts to the cost of upgrades based on the home energy assessment; or the lesser of 5% of:

  • the Adjusted Value;

  • 115% of the median area price of a Single Family dwelling; or

  • 150% of the national conforming mortgage limit.

Solar systems, of course, qualify as energy-efficient upgrades, so your loan can be increased by the amount your system costs. Again, the cost of a PV system doesn’t amount to panels only but includes accessories, shipment and installation as well. 

EEMs through the Veterans Affairs program are available for military personnel, reservists and veterans. The exact loan amount depends on your status and credit history.

Pay no additional taxes for having a solar system in Kansas

According to Kansas solar laws, all renewable energy equipment that you add to your house is exempted from property taxes for 10 years after the installation. Thus your taxes don’t change after the installation of panels. However, your own solar system increases the value of your home on the market. After 10 years pass, your property tax is most likely to be reassessed.

4%

this is how much solar panels increase the value of your house

Solar easements help to settle shading issues with neighbors

Kansas state specifically notes that residents can voluntarily create solar easement contracts. A written paper should be recorded with the county register of deeds. The purpose of the contract is to ensure that the solar system receives enough sunlight and doesn’t get overshadowed by a tree on your neighbor’s land. If a branch casts a shade over your modules, you can ask your neighbor to trim the tree.

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Years of experience in translation and a love of nature help Julia find the right words to encourage going solar. She joined the team in 2023 and is happy to make her contribution to a greener future.

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