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Solar Maps and Resources

newMetro Kansas City Solar Map - A resource to help determine solar potential and costs for rooftops in the metro KC area. A product of the Solar Ready II program at the Mid America Regional Council (MARC)

Barbose, Galen, N. Darghouth, R. Wiser, Tracking the Sun V: An Historical Summary of the Installed Price of Photovoltaics in the United States from 1998 to 2011, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report LBNL-5919E, Nov. 2012

White, Scott W., Solar Development in Kansas, from Kansas Energy Conference 2012, Manhattan, KS, Sept. 25, 2012

Green, Ariel, Solar KC: A Report on the Potential for Solar Energy Initiatives in the Greater Kansas City Area, Regional Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy Initiative, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

PV Watts Viewer - Info from NREL, Resource to estimate the amount of energy and $avings a PV system will generate at any location in U.S.

Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments, Second Edition, U.S. DOE EERE, January 2011

Homeowners Guide to Financing a Grid-Connected Solar Electric System, Solar Energy Technologies Program, U.S. DOE EERE, October 2010

Kansas Solar Radiation map - Info from KCC, map by Coriolis (PDF)

Kansas Solar Resources - Info from EREN, includes a solar maps of Kansas

PV Watts - A Performance Calculator for Grid-Connected PV Systems (NREL)

Solar and Renewable Energy News

Simons, Gale and Bill Roush, Cost-Effective Solar Power in the Heartland, Kansas Corporation Commission Energy Programs, June 2002

Energy Tax Incentives - Tax Incentives Assistance Project, information on how to use tax incentives for new renewable energy projects

Regional Projects

Sunshot Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy

Sunshot Solar Outreach Partnership, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Kansas City Metro

Project Solar House, Solar Decathlon 2007 Kansas entry, K-State & KU

Events

American Solar Challenge, featuring the K-State solar vehicle. 2003.

Heartland Sustainable Homes Tour - Home tours in the Kansas City, Lawrence, and Wichita areas

Manufacturers

Konza Solar Trackers, Manhattan, KS

Dealers & Installers

Access Energy, LLC, Newton, KS

Azimuth Solar Energy, Kingman, KS

BMK Plumbing and Solar, Salina, KS

Brightergy (formerly The Energy Savings Store) - Lenexa

Cromwell Environmental, Lawrence, KS, Kansas City & Columbia, MO, Denver, CO

EcoMidwest Solar Installation Company, Garnet, KS

Evergreen Energy, Lawrence, KS

FreeEnergy, Independence, MO

FREEstate ENERGY, Formoso, KS

Good Energy Solutions, Lawrence, KS

Greenwave Electric, Inc., Topeka, KS

Inovative Renewable Resources, Valley Center, KS

Kings Solar, Wind and Plumbing, Hillsboro, KS

Lawrence Wind Energy - Larned

Microgrid Solar - St. Louis, MO

newMidwest Solar, Wind & Communications, Leawood, KS

Northwest Solar & Wind - Colby, KS

Orinoco Wind & Solar Energy - Atlanta, KS

Ozark Energy Services - Joplin, MO

Santa Fe Wind & Solar Power, Gardner, KS

Smalley Energy - Topeka, KS

Solar Design Studio, KS

Solar Solutions of Kansas City - Overland Park, KS

Stephens Electric, Kansas City, MO

Sunwrights - Manhattan

  

News

A small-town Kansas bank is helping lead a solar revolution
(Midwest Energy News, Dec. 11, 2014)

Independence wants to build state's largest (10 MW) solar farm
(Independence (Mo.) Examiner, Dec. 11, 2014)

Students pilot solar program
(Salina Journal, Nov. 20, 2014)

Solar energy still a minor player, but research could change that
(Topeka Capital Journal, August 23, 2014)

Solar power starts to make sense for business as prices fall
(Wichita Eagle, August 22, 2014)

Ark Valley Distributing, Inc. going green
(Ark City Traveler, August 14, 2014)

Grant to fund solar energy system for PSU’s Plaster Center
(Joplin Globe, August 1, 2014)

Work expected to begin soon on Midwest Energy solar array
(Hays Post, August 1, 2014)

Ikea store in Merriam plans to have the largest rooftop solar array in Kansas
(Wichita Eagle, May 28, 2014)

Hutch company installing state's largest private solar array
(Hutchinson News, May 22, 2014)

Missouri's first utility-scale solar farm gets formal dedication in Butler
(Columbia Tribune, April 25, 2014)

Community ‘solar garden’ to lighten bills
(Hutchinson News, March 24, 2014)

Kansas' First Community Solar Project, Largest Solar Array Announced
(Midwest Energy News, March 17, 2014)

Philip Warburg on the renewable energy revolution
(Chicago Tribune, March 13, 2014

SolarCity Moves into Best Buy
(Forbes, March 12, 2014

States brace for clash between utilities, solar advocates
(The Buffalo News, March 10, 2014

Xcel Energy contracts for biggest solar power farm east of the Rockies
(Denver Business Journal, March 4, 2014

Wind, solar power touted
(Salina Journal, Feb. 20, 2014

Westar going Solar Powered
(Newton Kansan, Jan. 12, 2014)

Westar going Solar Powered
(Newton Kansan, Jan. 12, 2013)

Agreement clarifies KCP&L solar rebate totals
(Columbia Tribune, Nov. 3, 2013)

Chicago to make it faster, cheaper to add solar power
(Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 2013)

Uncertainty clouds Ameren solar rebate program
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 16, 2013)

Renewable energy tour shows off area efforts
(La Crosse Tribune, Oct. 5, 2013)

City Utilities near deal for biggest 'solar farm' in Missouri
(Springfield News-Leader, Sept. 23, 2013)

Jefferson Wis. hears solar farm plans
(Daily Jefferson County Union, Sept. 18, 2013)

Trio forms new Lawrence-based solar energy company
(Lawrence Journal World, Sept. 5, 2013)

Omaha businessman: Solar holds big promise
(The Grand Island Independent, August 31, 2013)

City asked to consider building permit change to boost solar energy projects in Lawrence
(Lawrence Journal World, August 6, 2013)

Crane & Kennedy Op-Ed: Solar Panels for Every Home
(New York Times, Dec. 12, 2012)

Electric research: Grant to help develop solar-powered charging stations for plug-in vehicles
(K-State News Release, Oct. 24, 2012)

Some neighborhoods don’t take a shine to solar power
(Kansas City Star, Oct. 22, 2012)

Local electrical business looks for ways to go ‘green’
(Newton Kansan, August 14, 2012)

U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar cells fuel debate about green jobs
(Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2012)

Guest commentary: Create Missouri jobs with Missouri-made renewable energy
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 28, 2012)

Retirement village to turn on area’s largest solar system
(Lee's Summit Journal, Feb. 16, 2012)

Royals, KCP&L announce solar energy partnership
(Kansas City Royals Press Release, Jan. 31, 2012)

Solar grid parity 101 — and why you should care
(Grist, Jan. 15, 2012)

Solar Leasing Produces Power for Pennies
(Clean Technica, September 27, 2011)

Companies turn to solar power
(St. Joseph News-Press, August 20, 2011)

Missouri’s solar rebate program is in for some changes
(Kansas City Star, August 5, 2011)

New solar-powered credit card parking meters installed
(Topeka Capital-Journal, August 3, 2011)

Farmer committed to renewable energy
(Hillsboro Star-Journal, July 6, 2011)

Carlisle Area School District's mowing chores outsourced to sheep
(The Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News, June 12, 2011)

Q&A - Kevin Good, Lawrence
(Kansas City Star, April 2, 2011)

Portable solar trackers follow the sun, lead the way in efficiency
(Lawrence Journal-World, March 22, 2011)

PCC trustees approve solar technology program
(Pratt Tribune, Jan. 7, 2011)

Douglas County Extension Office to use sunlight for energy, education
(Lawrence Journal-World, Nov. 26, 2010)

New solar panels to heat water at Douglas County Jail
(Lawrence Journal-World, June 15, 2010)