Cost of solar panels in Kansas

How much is it to go solar in 2024?

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The average cost to install a residential solar panel system in Kansas is $23,310 before the full federal solar investment tax credit (ITC). That price drops to $16,317 after the ITC.

That’s about 2% cheaper than the national average. The out-of-pocket investment is lower than in some other states, and the Sunflower State’s solar incentives can rack up even more savings.


Key insights

  • On average, solar panels take 10 years to pay for themselves in Kansas (if you pay for your system upfront).
  • The average cost per watt is $2.87 in Kansas.
  • Kansas homeowners with solar panels save an estimated $21,455 over 25 years.

How much do solar panels cost in Kansas?

Installing residential solar panels can cost between $10,000 and $30,000 or more, though individual costs vary. On average, residents of Kansas pay $23,310 before using tax credits or incentives for their system.

Not surprisingly, the smaller your system, the less you pay. The average size of a solar energy system in Kansas is 9 kW (kilowatts).

Average cost by system size in Kansas

Source: EcoWatch

Are solar panels worth it in Kansas?

Solar panels are worth it for many Kansas homeowners for the savings on utility bills. For some, the environmental benefits alone make going solar worth it.

“Thinking green, we wanted to go to an alternative power source and have always thought about either geothermal or solar energy,” Paul in Topeka told us. “We decided to go with solar, and we're very happy with it.”

The high upfront cost of purchasing and installing solar panels can deter many Kansans from going solar. However, prices for solar panels have been decreasing in recent years, making them more accessible.

Kansans who attempt to install their own systems or hire questionable installers have often run into issues. Lack of maintenance support or underperforming components can quickly reverse any savings you receive from self-generated power.

Whether going solar is worth it for you also depends on where you live in Kansas. Areas in the western part of the state get more sunlight than the eastern part. Your solar panels can generate more power with more sunlight, which can affect the financial returns on your investment.

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Cost factors of going solar in Kansas

Your solar setup's price tag varies based on the system size, the type of panels you pick and extra bits of the setup. Plus, there are a few other key things to consider that shape how much you'll invest in your solar project.

Size of your system

The size of your system plays a significant factor in how much you pay overall. You can easily determine what size system you need. First, find out the amount of electricity you used in the last year in kilowatt-hours (kWh). You should find this information through your electric bill’s online account dashboard.

Then divide your annual kWh by 1,200 to find the necessary system size. For example, the typical Kansas household uses 10,680 kWh per year. Using this formula, the typical household would need a 9 kW system.

» WATT’S THE DIFFERENCE? kW vs. kWh

Solar equipment costs

Solar panel prices vary depending on efficiency rating, the company you choose and the size and weight of your panels. Like the rest of the solar equipment you need, there are some average price ranges. Solar panels are typically priced per watt, and the average cost per watt is $2.59 in Kansas.

Here are some average costs you can expect for panels and other equipment:

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Condition of your roof

Why worry about your roof? Solar panels should last 25 to 30 years. Your roof should last just as long. Otherwise, you’ll pay to remove the solar panels, fix your roof and reinstall the panels again if you need to have your roof repaired. Avoid the extra costs and frustrations by having your roof ready for solar. Get a professional inspection.

» SHOULD YOU: Replace your roof before going solar?

Local permits

You need to get permits before installing a solar energy system in most cities, which can cost a bit. If you live outside the city, you might not need permits, but it's best to check before you get your solar setup going. Also, some solar companies will sort out the permit stuff for you, so be sure to ask about that when you're signing up.

» TIPS: Getting the best solar quotes

Solar incentives, tax credits and rebates in Kansas

The federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is the biggest factor in reducing the cost of going solar in Kansas. If you install a residential solar panel system by the end of 2032, you will receive a federal income tax credit equal to 30% of the system's total cost, including equipment, labor and permits. The credit drops to 26% in 2033 and 22% in 2034.

The average ITC value in Kansas is $6,993 in 2023.

Kansas also offers property tax exemptions for homes with solar that can save you thousands of dollars.

» EXPLORE: Kansas solar incentives

Compare solar installation companies in Kansas

Compare popular solar companies available in Kansas below. Read our guide to finding the best solar companies for more.

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FAQ

Can I get free solar panels in Kansas?

There are no programs for free solar panels in Kansas. You can lease solar equipment with minimal upfront costs, but it isn’t free. Solar leases generally require a flat monthly fee.

» FREE SOLAR PANELS: Are they really free?

How are solar costs trending in Kansas?

The cost to go solar in Kansas has fallen 42% over the last 10 years, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

How can I pay for solar panels?

You can pay cash, but most people finance solar panels. A solar loan works a lot like any other type of loan — there’s an application and approval process, and you pay it back over time (with interest).

If you are considering a solar loan or lease, always ask:

  • Is there a down payment?
  • How much will I pay per month?
  • Will monthly payments increase, and by how much?


» SOLAR PANELS: Lease vs. buy

How much can I save with solar panels?

When you pay cash, the average 25-year net savings with solar is $21,455 for Kansas homeowners.

» EXPLORE: Where your solar savings go the furthest

How does net metering work in Kansas?

If you're not keeping your extra solar power in batteries, you can sell it to electric companies. That's called net metering.

In Kansas, Evergy and Empire District must provide net metering. Your setup needs to be 15 kW or smaller to join in. They pay you with credits on your account, but if you don't use those credits by the end of March each year, they'll disappear.

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Will hail damage my solar panels?

Hail can damage solar panels, but you shouldn’t let that deter you from installing them. Many solar panels are made to withstand small hail. The cost of fixing any damage that does occur may be covered by your homeowners insurance.

Bottom line

In Kansas, solar panels are a good deal. They're cheaper than in many other places, averaging around $23,310. With perks like the federal solar investment tax credit and property tax exemption, you could end up paying even less. The best part? The savings really stack up over time. Over 25 years, you could save an average of $21,455.

» GUIDE: Solar panel installation 

Solar costs: Kansas vs. nearby states

*Before the federal investment tax credit (ITC); **When you pay in full upfront

Article sources
ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
  1. EcoWatch, “How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Kansas?” Accessed Nov. 18, 2023.
  2. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics.” Accessed Nov. 18, 2023.
  3. Solar Energy Industries Association, “Kansas Solar.” Accessed Nov. 18, 2023.
  4. DSIRE, “Kansas Solar Programs.” Accessed Nov. 18, 2023.
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