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Who is eligible for the Solar Share program?

The program is open to LG&E and KU residential, business and industrial electric customers, except for customers taking service under Rate Schedules RTS, FLS, LS, RLS, LE, TE, PSA, EVSE and EVC. Participation will be available on a first-come basis.

Who owns the Solar Share Facility?

LG&E and KU will build, own and operate the Solar Share Facility. Residential, business and industrial customers will have the opportunity to share in local solar energy and receive solar energy credits on their monthly bill. Customers can subscribe to shares of solar in 250-watt increments, also referred to as quarter-kilowatt increments. The term "share" does not create or imply any ownership or investment interest.

Would my subscription ever expire?

  • Monthly: Once a monthly subscription reaches its commitment period, it will continue its renewal on a month-to-month basis, unless a customer chooses to stop subscribing. Customers can request to increase a subscription at any time.
  • One-Time: Subscriptions will not expire for 25 years unless the customer opts out or moves out of the LG&E or KU service territory.

How do I opt out of the program?

Customers paying monthly can end their subscription at any time after their subscription has reached its commitment – either 12 months or 5 years, depending on subscription level. Customers paying monthly who wish to end their subscription before their contract commitment would be required to pay their remaining contracted monthly charges.  Customers in the one-time payment option can end their subscription at any time.

To opt out of the program, customers may call 800-356-5467 or send an email to solar-share@lge-ku.com.
 

Is there a subscription limit?

Customers can subscribe up to a maximum of 250 kilowatts (1,000 shares) of any 500-kilowatt facility, and up to 500 kilowatts total (2,000 shares) across all Solar Share facilities.

If I move, could I still participate in Solar Share?

If you move to another location, the subscription will move with you as long as you remain within your current service territory and a customer of the utilities. Customers moving from LG&E service territory to a KU service territory (or vice versa) will not be able to retain their subscription but can subscribe to the program from their new address. 

Customers receiving "gifted" Solar Energy Credits may continue to receive these credits so long as they move within the same LG&E service territory or KU service territory.

Why would my monthly bill be more if I subscribe to the Solar Share Program?

As a monthly subscriber to Solar Share Program, your monthly bill may be higher because you will be charged for the solar capacity based on your subscription, in addition to charges for your electric and/or natural gas usage during the actual billing dates and additional charges that are itemized each month for your review.

How can I find my customer rate type?

Your customer rate type can be found on the first page of your monthly electric bill under "current charges" or by logging in to your online account.

Highlight of account type on the bill for residential.
Residential bill example
Highlight of account type on the bill for business.
Business bill example

 

How can I decide what subscription level is right for me?

We recommend reviewing your actual monthly electric usage to help decide which subscription level is best for you. Your monthly usage chart, found in your electric bill or in your online account, will allow you to review your monthly electric usage over the last 13 months. 

If you have electric and natural gas service, review the blue bar only.

Each 250-watt share of solar is currently estimated to produce between 18 and 38 kilowatt-hours of energy per month, depending on factors like weather conditions and time of year. A typical residential household uses approximately 1,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month.

Electric usage chart
Electric usage chart.
Electric and gas usage chart.
Electric and natural gas usage chart.

 

How do I read my bill?

Your monthly credits and charges will appear on your bill the first full billing period after the section you’ve subscribed to becomes active.

Currently, monthly subscribers will pay a monthly fee of $5.55, per share of solar. You’ll notice this charge as a new line item on your bill called the Solar Capacity Charge. The amount of shares that you’ve subscribed to will determine the total amount of the charge on your bill. For example, the charge for one share is $5.55, two shares $11.10, etc. Subscribers will also notice new offset and credit line items on their monthly bill for the amount of solar energy produced, based on their subscription and current electric rate. This credit will vary each month based on the actual amount of solar energy generated by the facility.

Below are some additional details and an example of what your bill will look like after the section of the array you’ve subscribed to goes live. In the bill example below, the customer consumed 1,522 kWh of total energy for the month. Since the customer consumed 68 kWh while the Solar Share facility was producing energy, the customer receives a Solar Energy Offset for that production. Because the customer’s portion of the solar share facility produced an additional 4 kWh during that time period, the customer also receives a Solar Energy Credit for that excess production.
 

Example of how to read your bill with solar share

How can I access my solar data?

If you have upgraded your meter to an Advanced Meter, you will have access to your solar data through the online MyMeter portal. This allows you to see when you use energy and how that aligns with daily solar production which ultimately determines the credits you’ll receive on your bill. This portal will provide access to your solar data as well as additional insights that can help you save energy and money. Participation in the Advanced Meter Program also gives you the ability to set usage alerts, determine if another rate plan is better for you, and see how your usage compares to your neighbors with advanced meters, along with a number of other benefits.

chart showing what part of your usage is from solar

Depending on factors like weather conditions and time of year, each share of solar is currently estimated to produce between 18 and 38 kilowatt-hours of energy each month.

How long is a subscription commitment?

If paying the monthly subscription, the program requires a 12-month or 5-year commitment from the date the solar charges appear on a customer's bill. Customers who subscribe 50 kW (200 shares) or more will be required to sign a five-year contract. A customer cannot subscribe to more than 250 kW (1,000 shares) in a single solar array or 500 kW (2,000 shares) in total.

In lieu of a monthly fee, customers now have the option to pay a one-time non-refundable Solar Capacity Charge of $799 per share which covers the cost of that share for 25 years.

How do I gift my shares?

Customers who enroll with the one-time payment option have the option to “gift” their solar credits to another LG&E or KU customer (e.g. family, friend, or local school, church or organization). The one-time option includes a non-refundable Solar Capacity Charge of $799 per share which covers the cost of that share for 25 years. See the program requirements for full details.

Customers can choose this option when using the online enrollment form. Under the “Payment type,” choose “One-Time” and then enter the customer’s name in which you’d like to “gift” the shares. After your enrollment form has been submitted, an LG&E and KU representative will be in contact with you.

If the customer I “gifted” my credits to moves outside of the service territory, can I transfer the credits back to my account or to someone else?

No. Once shares are gifted they cannot be moved back to you, transferred or refunded in any way. You may subscribe to new shares by enrolling again in the program.

If the customer I “gifted” my credits to moves to a new home, can they carry these credits with them?

Customers receiving "gifted" Solar Energy Credits may continue to receive these credits so long as they move within the same LG&E service territory or KU service territory.

If I choose to “gift” my shares to a nonprofit organization through one-time payment option, is this tax deductible?

We encourage you to consult with your tax representative for deduction information.

What are the Solar Share program requirements?

  • You can choose one or more shares based on your preference and how to subscribe:
    • Monthly fee of $5.55
    • One time of $799 for 25 years
  • Each 250-watt share of solar is currently estimated to produce between 18 and 38 kilowatt-hours of energy per month, depending on factors like weather conditions and time of year. A typical residential household uses approximately 1,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month.
  • Participating customers must have an Advanced Meter installed at their premises prior to the array going live to access their solar data. LG&E and KU will install those meters at no additional cost.
  • This is not an energy savings program. 
  • Please note that the term "share" does not create or imply any ownership or investment interest.  
  • If a customer moves within the same service territory, their shares may be transferred to the new premise provided the customer notifies LG&E and KU of the transfer within 60 days of their move. If the customer does not transfer the shares within 60 days, the customer will be de-enrolled from the program.
  • For the full terms and conditions of the program, please visit our tariff information below on Sheet Nos. 72-72.3:
  • Monthly:
    • Currently, each subscription includes a monthly fee of $5.55, per share of solar, with no start-up costs.
    • The monthly fee is subject to change prospectively during the subscription period, but would only do so if approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission.
    • The monthly payment structure requires a 12-month commitment from the date the solar charges appear on a customer's bill. If a customer leaves the program before the end of the 12-month period, the customer must pay the remainder of the monthly fees left to complete the original 12-month subscription. If a customer increases their number of shares during the original 12-month period, the 12-month commitment begins again at month one.
    • Customers who subscribe 50 kW or more will be required to sign a five-year contract before their subscription is guaranteed.
  • One-Time:
    • In lieu of a monthly fee, customers now have the option to pay a one-time, non-refundable Solar Capacity Charge of $799 per share which covers the cost of that share for 25 years. This option is ideal for customers who don’t want an ongoing monthly payment or for customers who want to “gift” their solar credits to another LG&E or KU customer (e.g. family, friend, or local school, church or organization). LG&E and KU will send customers an invoice for their one-time charge, and their shares will not be guaranteed until the Company has received payment in full. Once customer “gifts” a subscription to another customer, those shares cannot be transferred in any way or refunded.

When will I see changes on my bill?

Participants’ monthly credits and charges will appear on their bill the first full billing period after the section they’ve subscribed to becomes active. For first array participants, this will be visible on their bills in August-September 2019, depending on the customer’s billing cycle.