Solar Shawnee
Solar Shawnee

If you want to know more about utilizing solar energy collection systems, here is a quick guide on how to get started.
Hide details for Step 1. Is my property right for solar panels?Step 1. Is my property right for solar panels?

To find out if you have room for solar panels on your roof or land, if the property has enough exposure to the sun, and potential costs and savings go to the Metro Kansas City Solar Map.

  • Solar panels are best installed on a southern exposure, however some east or west exposures might be acceptable.
  • For optimal energy collection, solar panels should not be shaded between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Shading can include trees, chimneys, TV antennas, satellite dishes, dormers and gables.
  • The amount of space needed for a solar energy collection system is based on the output and type of system.
  • The typical residential system is between 4-5 kilowatts in size and costs from $14,000 to $18,000. A 30 percent federal tax credit is available to homeowners and businesses through 2016.

Show details for Step 2. Check the local requirements for installing solar panelsStep 2. Check the local requirements for installing solar panels
Show details for Step 3. Get quotes from multiple installersStep 3. Get quotes from multiple installers
Hide details for Step 4. Permitting/InstallationStep 4. Permitting/Installation

Building permits are required prior to installation of solar panels.

The installer should assist you in obtaining all building permits and inspections.

The City's Codes Division provides documents you will need to have on file and that help guide your process. See links to documents below.

Solar Ready Construction Guidelines
Permit checklist (required to be included with your application)
Permit application

Additional Resources

Mid-America Regional Council Consumer Guide to Solar
Kansas City Power & Light Solar Information
Westar Energy Solar Information
Database of Renewable and Efficiency Policies and Incentives

Contact our Codes Division by email or at (913) 742-6014.