Customers who participate in Kansas City Power & Light’s new solar test program will pay extra to generate power from the sun, but they won’t necessarily be the ones consuming that power.
That disconnect — which arises because solar-generated power will flow into the stream of all electricity used by KCP&L customers — could be a hurdle to selling solar subscriptions, according to James Owen, executive director of Renew Missouri.
Nevertheless, KCP&L anticipates enough demand to justify construction of a commercial-sized solar array in the Kansas City area.
Missouri regulators approved the utility’s subscription solar program last week.
Consumers have been able to express interest online for a few weeks, but they can’t sign up until next year.
KCP&L will construct a 5-megawatt array if it can nail down subscriptions for 90 percent of the power it would generate. Otherwise, the utility will likely construct a smaller array.
Read more: Kansas City Star