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Kansas Solar Information

Kansas isn’t a bad state for solar. There’s always enough sunshine to cover your basic energy needs or at least to reduce your monthly electricity bill. The 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit as well as some local incentives will make your solar installation even more profitable.
  • #12
    Kansas ranks #12 in the USA for savings from installing solar panels
  • 6692.92 kWh
    Annual AC energy output of a 4 kW solar system installed in Kansas
  • 5.66 kWh
    Solar Radiation (kWh / m2 / day)
  • 16 ¢ /kWh
    The cost of electricity today in Arkansas Valley Electric Coop Association Inc
  • 34 ¢ /kWh
    If you don't go solar. The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Kansas Solar Facts

  • $1.32
    Average cost of a 4kw solar power system in 2019.
  • 2 years
    Average system payback period.
  • $74,323.50
    Average lifetime savings.
  • 5 ¢ /kWh
    Levelized cost of solar energy.
  • 4 kW
    Recommended system size.

The Sunflower State of Kansas is known for many things. It is the nation’s leader in wheat production. The first Pizza Hut restaurant was opened here. Helium was discovered in 1905 at the University of Kansas. Also, the state is known for having an average of 230 sunny days per year, lots of open spaces, and a great potential for solar panels.

Arizona Solar Facts

  • The average payback period for solar panels in Kansas is 10,3 years.
  • Up to $23,390 can be saved over 20 years minus out-of-pocket cost.
  • 72-98% of electricity needs can be covered by solar energy in Kansas.
  • The solar installation price is 8% lower than the average in the country.
  • Solar Power System Cost in Kansas
  • $1.32 per watt
  • $5,015.63 total
  • 2 years

The Cost of Solar Panels in Kansas

As of November 2020, the average cost of a solar panel installation in Kansas is around $2.39 per watt which is lower than the average price across the US. The total cost of a 6kW solar system will not exceed $10,598 including the 26% federal solar tax credit. Keep in mind, the total cost may vary under certain factors that include:

1) The amount of electricity you use

If your home is full of electrical devices, one solar panel can barely meet your needs. Purchasing more than one solar panel will decrease your per-watt price but increase the overall cost (Note: Solar panels do get cheaper on a per-watt basis).

2) The type of solar panel you buy

The type of inverter and a silicon source for solar panels affect the overall price. There are 2 types of sources: monocrystalline and polycrystalline. As the name states, a monocrystalline solar panel is made of a single source of silicon, while polycrystalline is blended out of several silicon fragments. Monocrystalline panels are highly efficient but come at a higher price than polycrystalline solar panels.

How much solar energy can you get in Kansas?

There are two main factors that influence the amount of solar energy produced: power output and the amount of sunlight that hits the panel. Kansas receives 4.14 hours of daily sunlight on average, but the number can go above 5.5 hours during summer months. Power output is a physical solar panel attribute measured in watts (W) and it tells how much the panel can produce energy under ideal temperature (77°F) and sunlight conditions. Most home solar panels’ power output is 250 to 400 watts per 4 hours. Additional factors such as solar panel placement and shading should be considered as well.

Kansas Solar Rebates and Tax Credits

Federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) – a governmental perk that allows all solar panel buyers to get a 26% deduction of the installing cost from federal taxes. For example, if your solar system costs $15,000, your tax credit would be $3,900. Deduction will be lowered by 5.0% in 2021 and will not be available the year after for residential solar panels.

Property tax exemption – in the state of Kansas all solar panel buyers are 100% exempted from property tax during the first 10 years after installation. Even though your solar panels add value to your property and should therefore be additionally taxed, they are exempted from property taxes. Keep in mind, the sales tax is still applied when you purchase a residential solar system.

Kansas Solar Incentives

Kansas Net energy metering (NEM) – this incentive allows solar users to send a surplus of produced power back to the grid in exchange for credits. When your solar panels produce more electricity than you need, your excess electricity will be sent to your utility company’s electric grid. However, Kansas electric coops and municipal electric providers are not required to offer net metering, but private utility companies must give you full credit for every kilowatt-hour of energy you send to their grids. All credits should be used within a year or they will be lost.

Solar easement law – this law helps panel buyers legally protect their right to direct sunlight by signing a written contract with the local county.

Pros and Cons of Buying Solar Panels in Kansas

Pros of Solar panels

  • Cheap source of energy

    On average you will pay $0.13/kWh by purchasing energy from local utilities in the state of Kansas, but by purchasing a solar system with output of 400 watts per 4 hours you will save around $23,390 over the service life of your panels.
  • Environmentally sustainable source of energy

    Solar panels are a clean and renewable source of energy that can help reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gases. The environmental benefit will be equivalent to planting over 120 trees per year.
  • Increase in home value

    On average, solar panels add $20 of value to your property for every saved $1 on your electricity bill.

Cons of Solar panels

  • Lack of State rebates and incentives

    Unlike many other states, Kansas does not offer any rebates or incentives for going solar.
  • Optional Net energy metering

    Municipal utilities are not required to offer credits for excess energy your solar system produces.

Is it worth buying solar panels in Kansas?

The state of Kansas is the 10th sunniest state in the country and has enormous potential for the solar industry. The cost of installation of a residential solar system per-watt basis is lower than the average in the country. Also, the payback period is relatively short which makes it possible to enjoy completely free energy in just a couple of years.

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According to Arkansas Valley Electric Coop Association Inc, we received the cost of kWH in your area and calculated energy consumption based on an average electricity bill for 3 months.
I am claiming the 26% Federal Tax Credit (ends 2020) i

When you install your solar system, 26% of your project expenses apply toward a credit to offset any taxes you owe that year. This federal tax credit is a major incentive to go solar, but it is being phased out by 2022.

Most people are eligible to claim this credit (you must owe federal taxes to be eligible).

System size

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We recommended
3.81 kW medium system size
Provides up to 80% of electricity consumption
$1.32 per watt
Average system cost
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$125.87/ month
Estimated savings on your average quarterly bill
  • $5,015.63
    Estimated system cost
    Excludes 26% Federal Tax Credit.
    This price does not include the installation cost.
  • 2 years
    Average system payback period
  • $74,323.50
    Estimated utility savings

Example of 4 kW system calculation in Minnesota for electricity bill $100

  • 16 ¢ /kWh
    The cost of electricity today in Arkansas Valley Electric Coop Association Inc
  • 34 ¢ /kWh
    If you don't get solar. The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years
  • 5 ¢ /kWh
    levelized cost of solar energy

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