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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Solar panels

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.

The Kentucky Solar Energy Story map is compatible with Internet Explorer 10 and alternate browsers such as Chrome, FireFox, and Safari.
** View this 25-minute YouTube video below about people who have decided to take a pioneering step into solar power.

 Mainstreet - "Going Green"


Other solar information and sources:

Certified Solar Equipment Installers:

Building Codes, Standards and Easements

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

Financing Solar Projects: