Orcas Power & Light - MORE Green Power Program

Program Orcas Power & Light - MORE Green Power Program
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector Utility
Last Update
State Washington
Administrator Orcas Power & Light Cooperative
Website http://energysavings.opalco.com/energy-savings/renewable-generation/m-o-r-e/
Start Date
Technologies Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors Residential

Orcas Power and Light (OPALCO), an electric cooperative serving Washington’s San Juan Islands, provides a performance-based incentive for residential and commercial members who generate energy from photovoltaics, wind, micro-hydroelectric and other small-scale renewable energy sources. The Member Owned Renewable Energy (MORE) Program is funded by voluntary member donations to provide a production credit to local renewable member generators. 

Incentive payments will be paid per kilowatt hour (kWh) of production, with a rate based on the year in which the system is interconnected. In 2014, incentive rates were adjusted to accommodate faster growth in MORE installations than voluntary contributions. 

 

Interconnection Year Incentive through June 30, 2014 Incentive starting July 1, 2014 Date of last     payment     
1 - July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 $0.20 (plus 2-year bonus) $0.1167 June 30, 2025
2 - July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 $0.20 (plus 1-year bonus) $0.1231 June 30, 2026
3 - July 1, 2012 - June 20, 2013 $0.17 $0.1093 June 30, 2027
4 - July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014  $0.14 $0.0933 June 30, 2028
5-7 July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017 N/A $0.035 June 30, 2029

 

Systems interconnected in Year 1 receive bonus payments of $0.10/kWh for two years, and systems installed in Year 2 receive the $0.10/kWh bonus for one year. The maximum generation eligible per member generator is 10,000 kWh for commercial members and 4,000 kWh for all others.

The fund balance and payments will be reviewed by OPALCO on a quarterly basis. Each July, OPALCO will collect kWh production data from each member generator participating in the MORE program, and will make annual payments to eligible members. OPALCO may curtail new applications or revise incentive rates should funding become insufficient to sustain the program.

Member-owned renewable generators applying to be tied to OPALCO’s system must be pre-approved by OPALCO through the interconnection application process prior to installation. Members may choose either net metering or a buy/sell arrangement to receive compensation for the system's excess generation. While MORE generators are eligible to also participate in Washington State's Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Program, applications for these incentives have reached their cap as of June 30, 2014, and payments are now being decreased. 

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