Washington Solar Rebates and Incentives
|Program Type||Performance-based Incentive|
|Amount||Between $0.12 and $0.54 per kW hour (kWh), capped at $5,000 annually|
|Required Documentation||Washington Department of Revenue (DOR) renewable energy system certification form, DOR annual incentive payment application|
|Official Web Site||http://web.me.com/green_island_trust/Northwest_Solar_Center/Incentive_chart.html|
Washington offers a performance-based incentive to residents and businesses installing renewable energy. The program is operated by the Dept. of Revenue, and payments are made to residents by their utility. The rate at which the incentive is paid is dependent on the type of technology used to produce power. The base-rate of the incentive is $0.15 per kWh. Utilities qualify for tax breaks equal to the amount they pay for the incentives. Payments to installation owners are limited to $5,000 a year.
Participants of the program also are eligible for community solar projects. Incentive rates for such projects are higher, starting at $0.30 per kWh produced, and members of such projects are independently eligible for incentives, based on their ownership share of the project. Community solar projects are limited to 75 kWs in size.
For people installing Washington-produced PV modules, the base incentive is multiplied by a factor of 2.4, creating an incentive of $0.36 per kWh produced. If the system also is equipped with a Washington-made inverter, the base rate is multiplied by a factor of 1.2.
The incentives are being offered by the state until June 30, 2020. Under state law, as of September 2010, utilities in the state won’t be able to claim any tax credits for incentive payments made after June 30, 2021.
To apply for the program, state residents must apply with the DOR to certify their system and for payments for their renewable energy installation.