The Kentucky Solar Energy Society

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January 18 at 2:43pm ยท 


It's now in the public domain courtesy of the Owensboro Messenger-Enquirer that we will shortly see a new House Bill that is described as having 'people with home solar panels sell power back to their utility company at a lesser rate than the price customers pay to buy electricity from the utility’. The legislation is to be enacted to ensure that 'utilities should receive more because they bear the cost of transmitting electricity, and that cost is passed on to other consumers' It was also stated that the state should be only supporting 'reliable' energy; meaning not solar!

Last year our small Kentucky Solar Industry that continues to grow strongly and create well paid skilled jobs, home owners, free market advocates, the faith community and many many others worked hard to stall the utility written anti Net-Metering SB214.

There are scores of independent studies, often commissioned by conservative states that show Net Metering is a clear net benefit to utilities. They get our excess power that we ourselves have paid to install, it flows to our neighbors, rarely if ever onto the grid, incurring no transmission costs or losses, it is at its peak when classic power production is at its most expensive, it is of the highest purity and stability so improves grid quality and reliability and it prevents utilities from needing to borrow capital to build new power plants.

Solar is all about freedom; personal choices made to generate ones own power, to act in favor of the environment, to predictably manage ones energy costs, both at home and for ones business and to better steward gods creation and our children's legacy. Others view this as a threat to their century old business model and support the growth of solar, but only if they can own it and sell it to you whilst at the same time stopping you generating your own power.

Be prepared to join in the fight and push back ten times harder than last year. Solar Energy Solutions will be leading the way and keeping you informed.


The bill has not yet been filed. Stay tuned for updates as we learn more. 

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, KySES will be hosting our annual Solar Tour in Frankfort and Louisville and on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Lexington.

Each city’s tour will provide a overview of how solar works well in Kentucky, the financial value of solar and real life examples of solar in action in our communities. Each tour will include opportunities to socialize and meet installers. 

We hope to see you there!

Fall Solar Training Dates Available

MREA announced its fall trainings schedule. Expand your skill set and earn NABCEP Continuing Ed Credits.

See course descriptions for details.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association


Is Solar Energy Right for You?  Community Workshop Series

Louisville, Kentucky –  Solar Over Louisville (SOL) announces its 2017 community workshop series for all with an interest in having their own solar system.  These free workshops are for anyone who is wondering if installing solar energy at their own home or business makes sense, or who would like to know what factors to consider in making this decision. Attendees will learn about solar energy basics, and how to determine if a solar system will be good for their specific circumstances.  Also learn about Louisville's EPAD progam, which offers businesses and multi-family housing projects a unique financing option that can be used for solar panel installation. The workshops will be held in branch libraries on the dates listed below. 

Mon, July 31  7:00 pm   –  St. Mathews Library, 3940 Grandview Ave. 

Sat,  August 5  10:30 am  Crescent Hill Library.  2762 Frankfort Ave.   

•M Tues, August 8  7:00 pm  –  Main Library.  301 York St.   

Visit Solar Over Louisville's Facebook Page


2017 KySES Annual Meeting

The KySES Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Union Church in Berea, KY.  The meeting included a presentation by Josh Bills on the efficiency work Union Church implemented, as well as an update on the state of solar in Kentucky delivered by Dr. Thad Druffel.  We then took a bus tour of 3 solar facilities in Berea. ALL who attended felt the day was informative, valuable and uplifting!

This  annual event was held on Saturday, September 10 in Berea and on Saturday, October 8th in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky.

Over 200 people attended these FREE events where participants toured existing solar installations to see how Kentucky families and businesses are harnessing free energy from the sun to generate electricity, warm and cool their homes, heat water, charge their electric cars, and slash monthly utility bills. Each tour offered in-depth information and direct perspectives from homeowners, businesses and solar installers about the costs, processes and economic and environmental benefits of going solar. 

Click on the Solar Tour 2016 to see highlights from each of the solar tours.

Great Resources

Learn about using solar energy in Kentucky and the issues affecting solar. Connect with other members. Learn about installers and solar resources in KY.  Take a look around, interact with your peers, and please join KySES!

In late 2015, The Louisville Sustainability Council board approved the Solar Over Louisville campaign.  Visit the website to learn more about this exciting campaign, including the "2 Million Watt Challenge."

KY's Department of Energy Development and Independence has released a Virtual Solar Tour of Kentucky! “Kentucky has approximately 10 MW of installed solar capacity. If people see solar energy projects working in Kentucky, then they are more likely to start asking questions and considering it as an option for their own homes or businesses,” said Kenya Stump, Assistant Director for Renewable Energy. The new Solar Energy Story Map takes a visitor around the state virtually to view different types of solar energy projects across different locations and applications. Viewers will see everything from agricultural to commercial projects along with state and federal projects.

One of our board members, David Butler, launched a new website, podcast and personal project to make a difference for clean energy in KY. Check out his podcasts and learn how Solar WORKS in Kentucky!

Solar Themed License Plate

One of the great ideas to come out of our annual meeting was to launch a petition for a solar-themed license plate/car tag here in Kentucky. If you're interested or are an artist looking have your work seen throughout KY, please sign-up and/or submit a design for our competition!

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Please sign up for our email Newsletter! Your email and contact information will not be shared.  Note - you will automatically be signed up if you join KySES, so no need to sign up again.

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