KCP&L will soon release rebates to help Kansas City homeowners who are planning to install solar panels to cut energy costs.
Solar panel installations are on the rise according to a July 2018 Environment America Research & Policy Center report.
"In 2017, America produced 39 times as much solar power as it did in 2008," according to the report. "By the end of the first quarter of 2018, America had enough solar capacity to power more than 10 million homes."
Power companies are taking notice. During a recent Lunch and Learn on solar panels, hosted by the KC Green Team, Drew Robinson, with KCP&L, talked about an upcoming solar panel rebate program expected to entice homeowners to install a system in 2019.
"The program is composed of $8 million per Missouri jurisdiction," said Robinson. "Customers can apply for a rebate via separate application that will provide a pre-approval should rebate dollars be available."
For systems that are operational before or on June 30, 2019, customers will receive 50 cents per watt of installed capacity; after that, customers will receive 25 cents per watt. Homeowners who already have systems are not eligible to get rebates. KCP&L plans to start receiving applications this fall for systems going operational on or after January 1, 2019.
Our award - winning solar panel plan review process was among the first in the nation to receive the SolSmart Gold designation. Our staff won the designation for making changes in the Inspections and Permits divisions to streamline the approval process. CPD staff offers express reviews for solar panel installations. To find out more about the process visit our solar power webpage.