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Solar Tax Credits, Incentives and Solar Rebates in Kentucky

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by Simone Garneau

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Summary Data for KY

State Capital Frankfort
Solar Value Index $711
Solar Energy Produced 6,672 kWh / year
Average retail electricity price (as of December 2017) 10.66 cents / kWh
Average annual consumption per household (2015 data) 13,440 kWh
Levelized Cost of Solar Electricity 8.39 cents / kWh
Reached grid parity? Yes

The Bluegrass State runs on coal, and lots of it. Kentucky is the third largest coal-producing state and almost all of the state's electricity generation is fueled by coal. The share of solar energy in the state's electricity mix is minimal. Other renewables are also under-represented, with only small amounts of hydroelectricity generation. But not all is lost when it comes to solar energy in the state, as financial incentives help to make solar power more affordable.

At 10.66 cents/ kWh, the electricity prices in the state are below the national average of 12.81 cents / kWh. When it comes to average electricity consumption per household, residents of this state consume 13,440 kWh per year, above the national average of 10,836 kWh.

Currently, Kentucky has 11 financial incentive programs and 3 regulatory programs supporting the adoption of solar energy. Unfortunately, Kentucky does not offer a state income tax credit.

Kentucky is a grid parity state, making solar power cheaper than the residential utility rates. Especially when used in combination with the 30% federal solar tax credit, the incentives listed below can significantly reduce the cost of installation of solar panels for your home or business.

List of Solar PV Incentive Programs in Kentucky

Financial Incentives

Regulatory Policies

Methodology Notes

  • Average electricity consumption data is from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  • Average retail electricity price is from the Electric Power Monthly report of the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  • Solar Value Index is based on the analysis performed using our own solar energy calculator, Sunmetrix Discover.
  • The estimated lifetime of solar panels is 25 years for the purposes of calculating the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE).
  • State incentives list is compiled from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency maintained by the N.C. State University.

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Written by Simone

Simone Garneau is the co-founder of Sunmetrix, an online consumer education website for residential solar energy. The goal of Sunmetrix is to help homeowners go solar and save money. In addition to the 200+ articles about solar energy, Sunmetrix offers homeowners two other great resources: a Consumer Report for solar energy, and Discover, to preview solar energy for your home.
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