The Kentucky Solar Energy Society

Welcome to the Kentucky Solar Energy Society (KySES)


The mission of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society is to promote the use of renewable energy resources, energy efficiency, and conservation in Kentucky through education, advocacy, networking, and demonstration of practical applications.



The 2020 'Energy for the People' lobby day was a real success.  50 people came to Frankfort to lobby legislators.  Many participants reported worthwhile conversations at the end of the day.


Despite our best efforts, HB 323, which will fix problems with last year's SB100, has not yet been acted on by the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.  Calls and messages are needed, to the House leadership and to the Republican members of that committee urging them to take action.


The phone number is 800-372-7181


Support the growing solar industry.  Call now!



You may have heard that Kentucky legislature made changes to the net-metering regulations last session. But, you will still get full credit for energy you supply to the grid if your solar installation is completed before new rates are set. Now is a great time to go solar!

 

Bill to rollback homeowner rooftop solar was passed by KY legislature.  (SB100)


SB 100, passed in 2019,  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.


Some benefits of net metering are excluded in SB100. The bill could also subject customer generators to multiple rate cases, one for each utility any time a utility would apply to change the net metering rate.


House Floor Amendment 1 fixed most of the worst effects of SB100, and deferred all implementation until 2024.  The Senate refused to accept the amendment.


If you are considering a solar system for your home, installing it now will allow you to be grandfathered in with the better policies passed in 2008.  Don't delay!





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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

 


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This annual event is held every October in several communities. 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. Each city’s tour will provide a overview of how well solar works in Kentucky, the financial value of solar and real life examples of solar in action in our communities. Each tour will also include opportunities to socialize and meet installers.



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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!


If you are in Louisville, you can join the Solar Over Louisville campaign.  Visit the Facebook page to learn more about this exciting campaign.


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!





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