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newIn 2012, the Mid-American Research Council (MARC) formed a consortium with multiple industry, government, and utility entities to analyze and develop best practices for solar pv permitting to help create a streamlined permitting process to make the KC region more solar ready. All documents plus sample language can be found here. Individual topics are linked below.

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)

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

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


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

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

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

Dealers & Installers

Access Energy, LLC, Newton, 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

FreeEnergy, Independence, MO

FREEstate ENERGY, Formoso, KS

Good Energy Solutions, Lawrence, KS

Greenwave Electric, Inc., Topeka, KS

Inovative Renewable Resources, Valley Center, KS

Lawrence Wind Energy - Larned

Kings Solar, Wind and Plumbing, Hillsboro, KS

Microgrid Solar - St. Louis, MO

Northwest Solar & Wind - Colby, KS

Orinoco Wind & Solar Energy - Atlanta, KS

Smalley Energy - Topeka, KS

Solar Design Studio, KS

newSolaRight Lighting, Oklahoma City, OK (Solar Lighting)

Solar Solutions of Kansas City - Overland Park, KS

Stephens Electric, Kansas City, MO

Sunwrights - Manhattan



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)



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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