The Kentucky Solar Energy Society

Welcome to the Kentucky Solar Energy Society (KySES)





Number SB100- Bill to eviscerate homeowner rooftop solar has been passed in the KY Senate and amended in the House.


*MUCH OF THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN REVISED AND FIXED BY A HOUSE AMENDMENT.  WE NOW WOULD LIKE THE SENATE TO CONCUR WITH THE AMENDED HOUSE BILL.  PLEASE WATCH FOR ALERTS.   (update current on 2-16-19)


SB 100 allows the PSC to change the rate for electricity generated by an eligible customer-generator (homeowner with solar) that is fed back to the electric grid, but only allows the PSC to consider the costs of feeding back that electricity.


The bill does not specifically allow the PSC to consider the benefits of net metering. The bill will subject customer generators to multiple rate cases with each utility any time utilities attempt to change the net metering rate.


The bill also changes net metering credits to "dollar value" potentially subjecting customer generators to income taxes for electricity sent to the grid, and potentially subjecting customer generators to FERC oversight.


The bill changes the 1% soft cap on cumulative generating capacity to a 1% hard cap, meaning utilities that reach a cumulative generating capacity of 1% no longer have to offer net metering at all. The bill takes effect Jan 1, 2020, and no leasing language.




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If you have ever wanted to get more involved with solar in Kentucky please come out and meet the nice folks at KYSES. And click on the tab to the left to become a member! Your dues are used in a variety of ways to support KY solar. And do feel free to roll up your sleeves - volunteers are always needed and appreciated



ALERT - BILL TO BE LODGED IN KENTUCKY HOUSE THAT WILL SEVERELY RESTRICT PRIVATELY OWNED SOLAR TO ENSURE MONOPOLY UTILITIES ARE TREATED 'FAIRLY'


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

Solar Tours

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. 


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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.


    

This annual event which is held every October. You can find detailed information and highlights of past ones on our Event page.


 These are FREE events where participants tour 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 offers in-depth information and direct perspectives from homeowners, businesses and solar installers about the costs, processes and economic and environmental benefits of going solar. 



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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