If state regulators approve new tariffs for the Topeka-based utility, you could see lower electricity bills. The state's largest utility plans to charge customers up to $25 a month for solar panels, even though their homes get almost no electricity from the grid. In documents filed Thursday with the Kansas Corporation Commission, Evergy outlined a grid access fee that would be based on the size of a solar panel. Solar panels with bright lights on their roofs could be seen as a low-cost way to see your low electricity bill if the state regulator approves a new tariff for a Topeka utility.
Good Energy Solutions, a Lawrence firm, installs solar panels, and he doesn't think Westar's latest proposal is fair. He told the court it was not fair for Westars to pay more money to generate electricity on hot summer days in July when clouds block solar customers who also need to receive more electricity from Westar.
Not everyone in the Kansas solar sector is so philosophical about the fact that utilities charge solar panel owners differently to Cromwell for using the grid in Kansas. But it is important to understand the process by which rates can change, and that some in today's Kansas legislature, including Wamego Rep. Highland, are hostile to solar energy.
Last week, the Kansas House Energy Committee reconsidered whether to pass a bill to raise rates for solar panel owners in Kansas and other states. The Kansas Legislature is considering an amendment to the renewable energy tax credit bill pushed by Republican Rep. John Hickey, R-Topeka, a member of the House Energy Committee.
The Kansas Corporation Commission disqualified a member of the House Energy Committee, Rep. John Hickey, R-Topeka, who wanted to interfere with the interest rate hearing. He was also involved in a legal battle with Kansas Public Service Employees International Union, the union that represents Westar employees.
Clyde Schwanke of Topeka, Kansas, said last year he spent $38,000 installing a solar system in his garden. Michelle Milburn of Mission Kansas said she is among solar owners who have produced more than 1,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year.
The two built a solar-powered greenhouse in Kansas and revolutionized agricultural technology, and they share a scenario. To keep pace with the development of solar and other energy technologies, electricity prices must be designed to keep pace with solar power in Kansas, rather than to destroy it.
I don't think prices should change until independent studies show the costs and benefits of solar panels in Kansas, but even that feels premature. The Arizona Republic reports that solar advocates say the findings show how costs - shifting is essentially a non-issue - are incurred in most places, while utilities point out that solar customers are raising electricity costs for other users, especially in places with many solar panels. He points out that the amount of solar power currently generated on rooftops is so small that there is no independent data from Kansas showing whether solar power is shifting costs to other grid users. But he claims there has been no evidence of this, and he points out how the impact on other users is as good a
Much of the discussion in this guide has been devoted to utilities Westar Energy and solar installers, who make up much of our solar industry in Kansas. To understand why solar energy growth is viewed so differently by Westars and solar advocates for households and businesses, it might help to first focus on the situation from a Western perspective, and then examine the views of solar advocates more closely. For 10 years, Sunpro Solar has been investigating the business practices of trusted solar power companies in the Southeastern United States.
Westar's proposal faces fierce opposition from solar and renewable energy advocates, who see the move as a way to make solar less attractive to consumers. Solar advocates have opposed Everly's plan, saying the steps were aimed at discouraging people from using solar energy. When the owners of this beautiful house in Leawood, Kansas, near Kansas City, chose their solar system, they had not only efficiency in mind, but aesthetics as well.
It is important for the solar industry to have some certainty, because subsidies for solar energy are likely to disappear at some point. I do not think that this will be necessary, given the proliferation of rooftop solar panels in Kansas, which will significantly limit the provider's source of income for network operations.
As for the state's energy plan, we do not yet know the full potential of solar energy in the Kansas economy, and we certainly have not discussed what our energy future will be, as the climate is changing due to climate change and other factors, such as global warming. Some believe that more solar energy could help our state meet its energy needs more sustainably by providing better incentives to save energy. There is also a school of thought that says we need to do more to avoid making the climate worse - climate change, because the use of solar energy in Kansas will not change our climate on its own.