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Kentucky Solar Partnership (USA)

The Kentucky Solar Partnership (KSP) was formed to give voice to members of our community who want the use of solar energy to flourish in our state. Our goals are to: 1. Determine and break down barriers to the growth in number of solar installations in our state; 2. Generate informative resource materials; 3. Educate community and students on the benefits of solar energy use; 4. Demonstrate with appropriate, safe, code approved solar installations.

One of the Partnership’s great successes has been the passage of statewide net-metering legislation, which was signed into law on Earth Day, 2004. KSP played a significant role in getting this issue onto the legislative agenda and worked alongside legislators and other stakeholders to craft the final legislation.

KSP’s efforts have supported the installation of the first net-metered PV system in Kentucky, at the Mt. Vernon office of Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest. The installation of this 1.5 kW array led the way to Kentucky’s first pilot net-metering program, which was followed by the passage of the statewide net-metering law. Since the Partnership was formed in 2000 we have held PV and solar water heating workshops; coordinated the annual National Tour of Solar Homes in eastern Kentucky; served as an informational resource concerning solar energy; advocated for policies that support renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation; published resources such as The Kentucky Solar Energy Guide and other Technical Papers; made educational presentations around the state; created solar energy demonstration systems; and helped organize the 2004 Bluegrass Energy Expo.