Kentucky solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels
Last updated 12.01.21
Benefit from a PV system
4.68 hours of peak sunlight
Kentucky is a reasonably sunny state – a PV system can substantially cut your electricity bills
Save money with Net Metering
A PV system not only generates electricity for immediate use, but also helps you earn selling unused power to the utility
9 years payback period
A solar power system in Kentucky pays for itself a couple of times during its lifespan
Reduce the cost of your system by 26%
Get a quarter of the PV system cost off your taxes with the Federal Solar Tax Credit
The law is on your side
In Kentucky you can arrange a solar easement contract to protect your right to access sunlight
Kentucky #31 in the US
- $51 076 Average savings from going solar in Kentucky
- 13 344 kWh/year Average electricity consumption of a FL household
- 7 126 kWh/year AC energy output of a 5 kW solar system installed in Kentucky
- 11 ¢ /kWh The cost of electricity today in Kentucky
- 23 ¢ /kWh The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years
- $1.75/WAverage gross price of a solar power system as of September 2023
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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Kentucky you need to know
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.
Sell excess electricity with Net Metering Program
Solar laws in Kentucky allow any client of an investor-owned utility or a rural electric cooperative to participate in a Net Metering program. This gives solar adopters an opportunity to send the excess electricity back to the grid instead of storing it with a battery. When you sell your solar power to the utility, you receive credits that can be used to offset your next bills. In Kentucky their value is equal to full retail electricity price. When you send more electricity than you receive, these credits start accumulating. They appear regularly on your bills and may be carried forward indefinitely. The credits can’t be transferred, sold or retired.
Protect your solar panels from shade with Solar Easements
A solar easement contract is a written agreement between you and some other party, for example, your neighbor. It serves to protect your right to access direct sunlight. A solar easement will safeguard your panels from potential impairments, such as vegetation or structures. It is voluntary and tied to the land, not the owner. Any such agreement must be created in written form and must meet the general requirements for legal contracts.
Install your solar panels in Kentucky with no worries
It is legal to install solar panels on your house in Kentucky. However, there are no specific laws in place to protect the residents from restrictions imposed by homeowners associations (HOAs). Thus, you may have to submit your project for approval before changing the exterior of your house. The board may ask you to hide the system from view, reduce the number of panels or just reject your proposal. Contact your HOA or study its declaration and rules to find more information.
Solar panels help Kentucky survive tornadoes
Kentucky ranks high among the states where natural disasters hit most often. This includes floods, earthquakes, winter storms, tornados, etc. Solar panels can handle heavy rain, hail and even survive most hurricanes. The electricity your PV modules generate will be very welcome during power outages that inevitably accompany such events. In 2009, a winter storm wreaked havoc in Kentucky, leaving about 1.3 million people without power, in some cases for days. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that natural disasters like this will become more frequent and powerful, which makes adopting solar even more sensible.