Infinite Solar Power
“Kansas has an excellent solar rating. Our wind and solar manufacturing incentive supports investment in solar module and supply chain manufacturing facilities. Strong workforce training assures manufacturers and suppliers of an educated workforce.” – Kansas Department of Commerce
“… International companies such as AGC Flat Glass, a world leader in the production of solar glass, have found the state to be an ideal location from which to serve the U.S. market. Companies also benefit from the state’s transportation network, predictable utility costs and reliable utility services.
“The state’s strong workforce and customized training programs offer further advantages to solar equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
“Various educational institutions are creating specialized solar programs. Johnson County Community College offers a certificate program for solar thermal and solar photovoltaic installers, and an Associate of Applied Science degree for designers, technicians and installers in a full spectrum of solar hardware, software and best practices.
“Additionally, a $20 million award from the National Science Foundation will support global climate change and renewable energy research in a statewide program that includes Kansas research universities. One of the key areas of research involves exploring the use of nanotechnology to harness solar energy.”
According to SEIA, “Several large retailers in Kansas have gone solar, including IKEA, which has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 730 kW of solar capacity at their location in Merriam.”
Solar power supports the agriculture industry
Investments in utility-sale solar projects continues to expand, but that does not equate to the loss of agricultural land.
A land lease with a solar energy development means a farmer or rancher will receive another steady income stream that helps offset the ever-changing grain and cattle markets. This additional revenue, in turn, is used to make land and equipment payments, hire more hands, buy more seed and ultimately produce more exports.
Solar power protects the land for future generations
Like wind farms, solar projects ensure land can recover, especially when paired with native grasses and natural pollinators to benefit an entire region. Responsible solar development could improve soil health, retain water, nurture native species, produce food, and provide even lower-cost energy to local communities.
Click here to view a map of active solar projects produced by the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office.