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Old 02-20-2020, 08:22 AM
 
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I'm currently residing in the Cincinnati, OH. Not the place I want to live for a variety of reasons including terrible sinus issues. Presently researching places to relocate in mid to late 2021 including Kansas. I have an interest in using partial solar power at my new home (also looking at communities in three other states) and need to get some input about the following story which seems to suggest power companies in KS are stifling the growth and use of solar power.

Does anyone have any first hand knowledge about how this is impacting personal usage of solar panels at homes? This is a big issue for me. I noted states like MO don't have such regulations.

https://energynews.us/2018/08/24/mid...lar-customers/
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Old 02-20-2020, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Riley Co
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In the news this week:

https://www.ksn.com/news/solar-panel...rgy-in-kansas/

West of Johnson City in Stanton County is where you will find 75 solar panels at the Johnson Corner Solar Project nearing completion.

“There are some smaller projects, I think the city of Pratt has a project 6 or 7 megawatts and there is some 1 megawatt projects scattered across the state as well, at 20 megawatts this will be the largest project in the state as of right now,”
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Old 02-21-2020, 06:14 AM
 
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Kansas power companies and regulators are not know to be supportive of renewable energy sources such as home generated solar power. Independent, home use of solar panels on homes in Kansas is not something power companies are fond of in Kansas because they feel that it drives up the cost for their remaining customers to support the power production and grid. If you did your own solar power off the grid, you would be fine. If you want to still be on the grid and curb your cost with solar power, the rate structure is higher for you, which offsets savings. You would be picking the wrong state if not the worst state for this.



https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060099991
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Old 02-21-2020, 07:44 AM
 
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Kansas power companies and regulators are not know to be supportive of renewable energy sources such as home generated solar power. Independent, home use of solar panels on homes in Kansas is not something power companies are fond of in Kansas because they feel that it drives up the cost for their remaining customers to support the power production and grid. If you did your own solar power off the grid, you would be fine. If you want to still be on the grid and curb your cost with solar power, the rate structure is higher for you, which offsets savings. You would be picking the wrong state if not the worst state for this.



https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060099991
Thanks Rivertownwalk. Yes, I would use it off grid and not have it tied into the grid. Mostly would be used for back up purposes when the power goes out.
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Old 03-13-2020, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, KS
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Reading the article, it looks like this fee primarily impacts heavy air conditioning users in the peak of the summer. So large house - more fee. Small house - less fee. Earth Contact House - maybe no fee. When you pick out a house to look at, certainly call the utility (The article lists two names but they are the same company now) and check how much the Kilowatt fee will be. Since you know this issue is important to you, by all means shop for a house that minimizes it.

Note - the same utility listed in the article is much of Western Missouri also. Also, there are a LOT of co-ops and municipal Utilities in Kansas besides this one.

When I retire I plan on installing a lot of those panels back behind my house. (Cheaper than putting them on the roof). By then I'll have an electric car and need the power to charge it.
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Old 03-14-2020, 03:00 PM
 
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Thanks safety wire. Right now with the lunacy resulting from the Coronavirus, I am going to speed up my plan to buy a home now in the Spring vs. later in the year. KS should be the best place for solar power usage compared to places I am also looking at in MO and IN.
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