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Kentucky Solar Information

Kentucky 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.
  • #31
    Kentucky ranks #31 in the USA for savings from installing solar panels
  • 5721.46 kWh
    Annual AC energy output of a 4 kW solar system installed in Kentucky
  • 4.93 kWh
    Solar Radiation (kWh / m2 / day)
  • 11 ¢ /kWh
    The cost of electricity today in Inter County Energy Coop
  • 24 ¢ /kWh
    If you don't go solar. The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

Kentucky Solar Facts

  • $1.36
    Average cost of a 4kw solar power system in 2019.
  • 4 years
    Average system payback period.
  • $50 501
    Average lifetime savings.
  • 4 ¢ /kWh
    Levelized cost of solar energy.
  • 5 kW
    Recommended system size.
  • Solar Power System Cost in Kentucky
  • $1.36 per watt
  • $5 993 total
  • 4 years

Solar power in Kentucky 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. Kentucky could generate 10% of all of the electricity used in the United States from land cleared from coal mining in the state. Covering just one-fifth with photovoltaics would supply all of the state's electricity.

The Berea Solar Farm is a community solar farm, which opened with 60 235-watt solar panels (14.1 kW). All of the available panels sold out in four days.

A 2 MW single axis tracking solar farm began operation in 2011 in Bowling Green. As of 2011, the largest system on any farm in the state was the 100.32 kW array completed on November 1, 2011, in Fancy Farms. The first hospital in the state to use solar power is Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mt. Vernon, which installed a 60.9 kW array on the roof in November, 2011.

In 2015, Fort Campbell installed a 1.9MW solar farm that provides 10% of the electricity used by the base.

Kentucky's only maker of solar panels is Alternative Energy Kentucky.

Tell us how much you are spending on electricity and we’ll calcalute how much you can save if you go solar
According to Inter County Energy Coop, 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
4.42 kW medium system size
Provides up to 80% of electricity consumption
$1.36 per watt
Average system cost
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    14 x 325 watt
    solar panels
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    14 x 300 watt
    microinverter
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    1 x 5 000 watt
    inverter
$86.48 / month
Estimated savings on your average quarterly bill
  • $5 993.17
    Estimated system cost
    Excludes 26% Federal Tax Credit.
    This price does not include the installation cost.
  • 4 years
    Average system payback period
  • $50 501.46
    Estimated utility savings

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

  • 11 ¢ /kWh
    The cost of electricity today in Inter County Energy Coop
  • 24 ¢ /kWh
    If you don't get solar. The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years
  • 4 ¢ /kWh
    levelized cost of solar energy

Relevant product for your system

Entry-level solar panels x 14
$2,602.32
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Entry-level microinverter x 14
$2,001.15
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Entry-level inverter x 1
$1,523.11
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Canadian Solar 315W Solar Panel 120 cell CS3K-320MS Monocrystalline Black - A1 Solar Store 28% Off
Cell number 120 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $0.52
Rated Power Output 315 W
Voltage (VOC) 40.1V
Cell Type Monocrystalline
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Canadian Solar 325W Solar Panel 60 cell CS1H-325MS Monocrystalline Black - A1 Solar Store 30% Off
Cell number 60 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $0.57
Rated Power Output 325 W
Voltage (VOC) 43.4V
Cell Type Monocrystalline
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Canadian Solar 320W Solar Panel 60 cell CS1H-320MS-Black Monocrystalline - A1 Solar Store 30% Off
Cell number 60 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $0.55
Rated Power Output 320 W
Voltage (VOC) 44 V
Cell Type Monocrystalline
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LONGi 320W Solar Panel 120 cell LR6-60HPH Modules - A1 Solar Store
Cell number 120 cell
DC/Charger Volt Compatible 12v, 24v, 48v
Price per Watt $0.48
Rated Power Output 320 W
Voltage (VOC) 40.6 V
Cell Type Monocrystalline