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Energy and Environment Cabinet

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Division of Renewable Energy
Solar Energy

Solar energy is cost effective today in many applications in Kentucky.  The sun's heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed by solar power technologies to provide clean, renewable energy to help meet our growing energy needs.

Passive solar design of buildings is one of the most cost-effective uses of solar energy. Passive solar design integrates a combination of building features to reduce or even eliminate the need for mechanical cooling and heating and daytime artificial lighting. 

Solar water heaters are also economical in Kentucky's climate.  Residential solar water-heating systems reduce the need for conventional water heating by about two-thirds, and solar pool heaters can extend the swimming season by several months.

Photovoltaic systems convert energy from the sun to electricity.  Kentucky has ample solar resource, but the potential to generate electricity from the sun will vary based on location.

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Certified Solar Equipment Installers

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

Building Codes, Standards, and Easements

Solar American Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABC's)

Kentucky Division of Building Codes Enforcement

Kentucky Solar Easement Statute

Solar Renewable Energy Credits (S-RECs)

S-RECs typically sell for more than RECs.  Kentuckians producing solar energy can sell their S-RECs in compliance markets in Ohio and Washington, D.C.   

Calculate Solar PV Energy Production

In My Backyard

PVWatts Solar Calculator

Financing Solar Projects 

Solar Photovoltaic Financing: Residential Sector Deployment -  This report presents the information that homeowners and policy makers need to facilitate PV financing at the residential level (NREL, March 2009).

Financing Non-Residential Photovoltaic Projects - Financial innovation for non-residential entities interested in PV (LBNL, January 2009).

Solar Photovoltaic Financing: Deployment on Public Property by State and Local Governments - Revenue streams, incentives and financial structures for state and municipal governments that want to support solar projects (NREL, May 2008).

Kentucky Public Service Commission staff opinion on the use of Power Purchase Agreements and lease agreements for developing solar.