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Solar Maps and Resources

Metro 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


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

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


Konza Solar Trackers, Manhattan, KS

Dealers & Installers

Access Energy, LLC, Newton, KS

Azimuth Solar Energy, Kingman, KS

Brightergy - Kansas City, MO

Cromwell Solar, Lawrence, KS

EcoMidwest Solar Installation Company, Garnet, KS

Evergreen Energy, Lawrence, KS

newFlint Hills Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Cooperative (FHREEC), Manhattan, KS

FreeEnergy, Independence, MO

FREEstate ENERGY, Formoso, KS

Good Energy Solutions, Lawrence, KS

Greenwave Electric, Inc., Topeka, KS

King Solar, Hillsboro, KS

Lawrence Wind Energy - Larned

Microgrid Solar - St. Louis, MO

Midwest Solar, Wind & Communications, Leawood, KS

Northwest Solar & Wind - Colby, KS

new Off-Grid Oasis - McLouth, KS

new One80 Solar - San Antonio, TX & Wichita

Orinoco Wind & Solar Energy - Atlanta, KS

Santa Fe Wind & Solar Power, Gardner, KS

Smalley Energy - Topeka, KS

Solar Design Studio, KS

SolaRight Lighting, Oklahoma City, OK (Solar Lighting)

Solar Rich Power, Kansas City, KS

Solar Solutions of Kansas City - Overland Park, KS

Stephens Electric, Kansas City, MO

Sunwrights - Manhattan



Report: One-third of solar installers offer energy storage, number set to rise
(Utility Dive, April 14, 2016)

Solar pumps becoming popular among cattlemen
(Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, April 8, 2015)

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)

County jail moves forward on planned solar panels
(Lawrence Journal-World, March 20, 2010)

Students install solar panels as part of environmental journalism class
(KU News Release, March 18, 2010)

Clifton-Clyde School District continues "green energy" education
(Salina Journal, December 20, 2009)

videoCounty Commission approves solar panel for roof of jail
(Lawrence Journal World, Dec. 17, 2009)

Thinking solar power? It’s never been more affordable
(Lawrence Journal-World, Oct. 25, 2009)

Taking a Dim View of Solar Energy
(Newsweek, August 25, 2009)

In Israel, solar power that won’t need subsidies
(Christian Science Monitor, April 28, 2009)

Final phase of Green Energy Resource Lab underway
(Shawnee Dispatch, Jan. 7, 2009)

Today’s Topic Is Solar Energy Systems
(The New York Times, April 19, 2007)
(Registration required)

Conference reveals that solar-powered streetlights are the wave of the future
(Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record, Feb. 4, 2007)

Easy Solar Power
(Mother Earth News, Oct./Nov. 2006)

Off the grid or on, solar and wind power gain
(USA Today, April 12, 2006)

Forget Computers. Here Comes the Sun
(New York Times, April 14, 2006)
(Registration Required)

Xcel bills to rise for solar rebates
(Denver Post, March 22, 2006)

Rebates put shine on solar power
(Denver Post, March 19, 2006)

K-State Students work on solar house
(Kansas State Collegian, Feb. 21, 2006)

Solar energy costs differ by city
(San Jose (Cal.) Mercury News, Nov. 28, 2005)

Suddenly, Those Solar Panels Don't Look So 1970's
(New York Times, Sept. 12, 2005)
(Registration required)

N.J. farms' latest crop: Solar power
(Wichita Eagle, August 08, 2005)

It’s Calgary or bust for solar dreamers
(The Kansas City Star, July 21, 2005)
(Registration required)

Sun eludes Topeka race stop
(The Topeka Capital-Journal, July 20, 2005)
(Registration required)

Solar cars to race into Topeka
(The Topeka Capital-Journal, July 19, 2005)
(Registration required)

Solar cars are powering their way to Topeka
(Lawrence Journal-World, July 19, 2005)

Farmers increasingly counting on sunshine for energy production
(Wichita Eagle, June 22, 2005)

Fill 'er up, with sun
(Topeka Capital-Journal, May 20, 2005)
(Registration required)

Solar industry losing power
(East Valley Tribune (Mesa, AZ), May 09, 2005)

Solar Energy News - Arizona Solar Center



Heartland Renewable Energy Society

United States

American Solar Energy Society

Raw Data

Solar Radiation Data Manual for Buildings, 1961-1990 - includes data for Dodge City, Goodland, Kansas City (MO), Topeka, and Wichita

30-Year Average of Monthly Solar Radiation, 1961-1990 - includes data for Dodge City, Goodland, Kansas City (MO), Topeka, and Wichita

Solar Radiation Data Manual for Flat-Plate and Concentrating Collectors, 1961-1990 - includes data for Dodge City, Goodland, Kansas City (MO), Topeka, and Wichita

Typical Meteorological Year data files - includes data for Dodge City, Goodland, Kansas City (MO), Topeka, and Wichita

National Solar Radiation Data Base, 1991-2005 Update - includes data for 24 Kansas locations

Solar Data from NOAA - includes data for Dodge City




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