Solar Energy

For several years, KCC, and our allies at KRC, have been working with solar industry allies on proactive and defensive legislation to assist the growth of solar energy in Kentucky.

White papers:

Solar Resources:


Solar Legislation From the 2017 Session:

Information on issues relating to SB214 (KCC Strong Oppose):

Kentucky Senate Bill 214 is a bill that would effectively eliminate net metering and restrict Kentucky’s growing independent solar energy industry. While the solar industry is surging in other states – employment in the US solar industry grew by 25% last year and now exceeds 260,000 workers – this bill would shut down home-grown solar growth in Kentucky.

There are claims from supporters of this bill that it is intended to protect co-op customers. But in fact, it would restrict their freedom to invest in solar for their home or business. The bill would allow utilities to impose new fees on net metering customers and to change those fees over time.

The resulting financial uncertainty would likely bring investment in solar projects to a halt and discourage companies interested in renewables from coming to Kentucky.

Solar energy offers enormous economic opportunities for Kentucky. It is a technology that can be deployed on rooftops throughout the state, benefiting homeowners, businesses, and industry, while potentially creating thousands of jobs and new manufacturing opportunities. Numerous studies from around the country, including the US Department of Energy, have shown that net metering benefits all customers, but utilities aren’t recognizing these benefits.

We ask that the legislature reject this bill, and encourage utilities to work with the solar community and lawmakers to create policies that will help this industry grow and serve people throughout Kentucky.

ACT: We ask for people to call or email members of the Senate Leadership, and members of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee and ask them to reject this bill. Please make your calls and send your emails before the Committee meets this Wednesday, March 1 or call the Legislative Message Line at
1-800-372-7181 starting Monday morning.

 

Articles on SB214:

“Don’t Let Utilities Squash Kentucky Solar Entrepreneurs: Here’s a Better Plan,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/27/17

“Anti-Solar Bill Attacks Personal Freedom,” Louisville Courier-Journal op ed, 2/27/17 

“Kentucky Solar Industries Association says it is under siege in Frankfort,” Lane Report, 2/27/17

“State Senator ‘Shocked’ by Solar Bill Pushback,” Courier-Journal, 2/28/17

 

 


In 2015, the US Solar Market set a new record, installing 7.3GW of Solar PV, which was larger than natural gas in capacity additions.

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Source: GTM Research / SEIA  U.S. Solar Market Insight report


Potential in Kentucky on Abandoned Mine Lands?

With over 500 mountains in Appalachia that have been reduced through mountaintop mining, there may be potential in Kentucky for new energy at these sites. The EPA has examples of where legacy mines sites have been used for solar installations.