No Rooftop Required: KCP&L Announces Solar Subscription Program

Solar Subscription allows all KCP&L customers to support renewable energy at fixed cost 

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 2, 2019 – KCP&L customers seeking new and innovative ways to manage their energy and support renewable options now can sign up for the company’s Solar Subscription program. All KCP&L residential and business customers, whether they own or rent, can choose this sustainable energy option without incurring solar panel installation and maintenance costs or having to comply with homeowner’s association’s solar restrictions.

“We believe in a sustainable energy future and we’re excited to partner with our customers to bring this new renewable option,” said Chuck Caisley, chief customer officer for KCP&L and Westar Energy. “Today, half the power supplied to homes and businesses by KCP&L comes from emission-free sources, and Solar Subscription will allow us to expand energy options with less impact to the environment. We’re excited to continue to innovate and adopt new technologies that give our customers more choices.”

Through a low-cost monthly subscription, customers can choose to subscribe to solar panel shares that will reside in a solar array in the Kansas City area. If a customer moves elsewhere within the KCP&L service area, their subscription moves with them. As a subscriber of Solar Subscription, a customer’s monthly energy costs are estimated to increase between $5 to $15, while saving the customer the cost of panel installation and maintenance fees. Additionally, Solar Subscription offers a set energy charge. While standard electricity rates may fluctuate over time, the cost associated with the portion of energy that comes from Solar Subscription is fixed for the term of participation – up to 20 years, giving customers the opportunity to lock in a rate.

“Everyone should have access to emission-free energy at an affordable price,” Caisley said. “The ability for customers to lock in a rate for up to 20 years is a great benefit.”

Westar Energy, which merged with KCP&L in 2018, has launched a similar program that has been popular with customers, with about 80 percent of the available subscriptions fulfilled. Both solar programs are part of the companies’ ongoing efforts to increase sustainable options for customers. With this continued focus on renewables, KCP&L and Westar Energy can meet nearly half of the electricity needs for the homes and businesses they serve with energy from zero-emission sources, including nearly one-third from renewable energy. KCP&L and Westar Energy continue to modernize their generation portfolio, increasing the percentage of clean energy available to customers and introducing new programs to help customers reach their sustainability and clean energy goals.

About KCP&L and Westar Energy:
Serving approximately 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company and Westar Energy are the electric utilities of Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG). Together we generate nearly half the power we provide to homes and businesses with emission-free sources. We support our local communities where we live and work, and strive to meet the needs of customers through energy savings and innovative solutions.

 

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