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Existing Kansas Solar Projects

This page is a work in progress.  If you know of or have a small solar project that is not listed, please contact KEIN at: webmaster@kansasenergy.org

new  Kansas Solar Projects list, KEIN

(Projects are listed in order of commercial operation)

Southwest Junior High Solar Panels

Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas - Southwest Junior High in Lawrence, received a 1.2 kw solar PV system to enhance classroom instruction.  The solar panels were funded in part through the Bonneville Environmental Funds Solar 4 R Schools program and a local grant. Cromwell Environmental performed the installation.
(April 16, 2011)

 

SunChips Business Incubator solar panels

Greensburg, Kiowa County, Kansas - The Business Incubator in Greensburg has a 6.8 kw fixed solar pv system. This photovoltaics system was installed in 2008.

Shawnee Mission West High Solar Panels

Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas - Shawnee Mission West's Green Energy Resource Lab was started in 2006.  In 2008, they added 1.2 kw of solar pv to the roof. In 2009, a 2.4 kw Skystream wind turbine was installed to the school grounds. The solar panels produced 1,197 kwh of electricity in 2010 (a capacity factor of 11.4%).

GreenTown Silo Eco-home solar panels

Greensburg, Kiowa County, Kansas - The Greensburg GreenTown Silo Home in Greensburg has a 2 kw tracking solar system (left, photo by KEIN). This home is designed to be both energy efficient and tornado safe(r), with walls able to withstand projectiles at more than 100(?) mph. This solar system was installed in 2009.

Hollingsworth grid-connect PV system

Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas - In what may be the first grid-connected solar PV system for a residential home in Kansas, Mark Hollingsworth installed a 2 kw pv system on his home in Manhattan (photo, right provided by Mark Hollingsworth) in November 2009 with the help of Sunwrights Solar of Manhattan. This system is tied into Westar's system and is the first grid-tied residential system in the state.
(November 28, 2009)

Starside Elementary solar project

DeSoto, Johnson County, Kansas - After being named the Kansas Green School of the year in 2009, as an encore in 2010, Starside Elementary added four 175 kw solar panels to their roof in May 2010 (700 kw total).  The Energy Savings Store (Now known as Brightergy, LLC) of Lenexa provided the panels and handled the installation. They also installed a Southwest Wind Air Breeze 160 watt turbine on the roof of the school.
(September 2013)

Douglas County Jail solar thermal project

Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas - Five solar panels were added to the Douglas County jail to heat water for use. This system will heat 120 gallons of water from room temperature to 180 degrees and is designed to heat 500 gallons a day. The county expects to save $18,000 over 15 years with the system.
(May 14, 2010)

Child and Family Optometry

Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas - Touted as the largest private solar installation in Wichita by installer The Energy Savings Store (now known as Brightergy, LLC), this 22.6 kw solar pv array may also be among the largest PV array in Kansas at this point. The array consists of 105 SunPower panels, is grid-tied, and takes advantage of Kansas net metering rules in Westar Energy's territory.
(September 26, 2010)

MidAmerica Bank

Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas - Cromwell Environmental installed a 12 kw system on MidAmerica Bank. Part of the financing for this project came through the Section 1603 program (payments for energy projects in lieu of tax credits) of the Recovery Act, which awarded this project $19,500 in March 2011.
(November 2012)

Douglas County Extension Office

Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas - Cromwell Environmental installed 20 Sharp 224 watt modules for a total of 4.48 kilowatts on the Douglas County Extension Office, 2110 Harper St. See Picture to right (KEIN, 2011).
(November 26, 2010)

McFarlane Aviation

Vinland, Douglas County, Kansas - This 18 kilowatt solar power system was installed for McFarlane Aviation in the Fall of 2010 by Cromwell Solar (photo, left, courtesy of Cromwell Solar). The system was commissioned on December 7, 2010 and installed on the standing seam roof of the hangar building using S-5 clips. These clips are specifically designed to attach the solar panels to the standing-seam roof of the building with no penetrations.  SMA inverters were chosen for this project and all others for their reliability and efficiency, as well as the ability to monitor all of their systems via Sunny Portal. Part of the financing for this project came through the Section 1603 program (payments for energy projects in lieu of tax credits) of the Recovery Act, which awarded this project $22,222 in January 2011.
(November 2012)

Kansas Department of Transportation

A Highway near you, Kansas - The Kansas Dept. of Transportation uses solar pv for a variety of purposes along state and U.S. highways. As of April 2011, they had around 93 installations ranging in capacity from 20 to 40 watts. These solar panels are used to charge batteries which power traffic counters and weather stations. Not counted in this tally are portable message signs and school crossing beacons that the state may help install for local communities.
(May 11, 2011)

City of Lawrence cross-walk beacons

Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas - The city of Lawrence uses solar to power 17 flashing cross-walk beacons near Lawrence schools (as of April 2011). These installations are all rated at 40 watts.
(May 11, 2011)

Union Pacific Railroad

Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas - Union Pacific Railroad uses solar pv for instruments. The pictured unit is North of Lawrence and KEIN does not know how extensive U.P.'s use of solar is. We'll report it if we find out!
(May 13, 2011)


Colby Community College - Bedker Building

Colby, Thomas, Kansas - Northwest Solar Wind of Colby, Kansas recently installed a 50 kw solar pv system on the Bedker Building at Colby Community College. This system is part of a larger effort to reduce energy consumption on the college campus.
(October 20, 2011)


Peeper Ranch

Lenexa, Johnson, Kansas - Peeper Ranch features the largest solar installation in Kansas. With 504 solar panels and an installed capacity of 118 kw, this project increased Kansas solar capacity by nearly 33% (Photo, left, courtesy of Cromwell Solar). This project was installed by Cromwell Solar of Lawrence. Part of the financing for this project came through the Section 1603 program (payments for energy projects in lieu of tax credits) of the Recovery Act, which awarded this project $151,350 in April 2012.
(November 2012)


newAlice Bean home

Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas - In 2008, Alice Bean of Lawrence had a 1.8 kw PV system installed on her home by Cromwell Environmental of Lawrence. The installation cost around $8,000 after tax credits and includes ten panels.
(January 10, 2012)


newHerb and Pat Bartels Farm

near Hillsboro, Marion, Kansas - The Bartels have a 2.6 kw solar pv system and a 2.4 kw wind turbine. Both installations are connected to the Flint Hills Rural Electric Association grid.
(January 10, 2012)


Larned Residence

Larned, Pawnee, Kansas - This 2.3 kw project is the first solar photovoltaic project in Larned and was installed by Lawrence Wind Energy, of Larned. This project features ten SPP 230 watt panels and Enphase microinverters mounted on the homeowners garage. (Photo courtesy Lawrence Wind & Solar)
(April 26, 2012)

Proposed Kansas Solar Projects


newMidwest Energy Community Solar Garden

Colby, Thomas, Kansas - Midwest Energy, Inc. of Hays announced in March 2014 that they will build a 1,000 kw-AC solar garden that will feature 3,963 Jinko solar panels, each rated at 305 watts. The DC capacity will be rated at 1,208 kw - Kansas first (and only for now) project larger than 1 MW! Customers of Midwest Energy can purchase from one to 26 of the 300 watt panels. The project is being constructed by Clean Energy Collective of Colorado and will be completed later in 2014. This Solar Garden will be located in Colby near the Midwest Energy power plant and substation. The project is expected to be interconnected and providing power to the grid on Feb. 1, 2015.
(January 2015)


newWestar Solar Grants

Various Communities, Kansas - Fifteen projects at not-for-profits were awarded solar projects by Westar Energy in July 2014. The projects will range in size from 10 kw to 30 kw and will be at schools, nature centers, zoos, and churches. These projects are required to be built by the end of 2015. (August 2014)





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