Why is there a limit on solar rebates?
Under Missouri state law, the costs of utility solar energy rebate programs are shared among all utility customers, not just those making investments in solar technology. In addition, state law established a 1% rental rate impact cap on all renewable energy-related expenditures (not just solar rebates). The limit is intended to protect customers from large rate increases resulting from investments in renewable energy.
Why has the 1% solar cap changed to an overall program limit?
In a proceeding before the Missouri Public Service Commission, a number stakeholders to the solar rebate process agreed that instead of the 1% cap, a program limit would be defined for the solar rebate program.  This agreement was approved by the Commission on October 30, 2013.  The limits set are $50M for KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations and $36.5M for KCP&L Missouri (to determine which area you live in, click here). These limits only include solar rebates paid starting on September 1, 2012.

The limits set will allow customers to participate in the solar rebate program through 2020 or until the rebate limits are met, whichever occurs first.

To see how much we've spent so far on rebates, click here.

What Missouri law puts a limit on solar rebate payments?
The original cap and additional detail were formalized under § 393.1020, RSMo and 4 C.S.R. 240-20.100(2)(E). You can find more information here: http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/chapters/chap393.htm and http://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/adrules/main/agency/4csr/4c240-20.doc.

However, on October 30, 2013, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved an agreement between stakeholders to the solar rebate program to set program limits for the solar rebate program (Cases ET-2014-0059 and ET-2014-0071). The limits set are $50M for KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations and $36.5M for KCP&L Missouri (to determine which area you live in, click here).
What is the limit on solar rebates?
The limits set are $50M for KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations and $36.5M for KCP&L Missouri (to determine which area you live in, click here).
If and when KCP&L reaches the solar rebate program limit, what happens to customers who have already submitted net metering and solar rebate applications?
KCP&L will file a 60-day notification with the Missouri Public Service Commission, the agency that regulates electric utilities in Missouri, to inform them that we expect to reach the limit. The result of this filing would determine how the program is shut down.

You can review the current program spend for the solar rebate payments from September 2012 to the present for both KCP&L Missouri and KCP&L Great Missouri Operations here.

Please continue to check back for additional information on a 60-day filing.
How often will information be updated to the solar cap webpage?
Updated information will be provided at the end of each week.