Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1

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Net Metering & Incentives

Net Metering

Washington state’s net metering policy is designed to let customer-generators offset their electricity consumption with solar energy production on an annual basis. If you use more energy than you produce during a given bill period, you pay the PUD for your net purchase. If you produce more energy than consumption associated with minimum energy charges within a given bill period, your net excess generation is monetized and banked in your net metering reserve. 

The net metering reserve allows you to roll over credit from net metering to apply to energy charges in another bill period. Per state law, net metering reserve credit expires on April 30 of each year. The PUD does not compensate customers this excess generation, and customers may not “donate” their generation to other PUD customers. This is why we recommend you size your PV system to generate no more than your average annual use.


WA State Production Incentive

Washington state operates the Renewable Energy System Incentive Program, which is a production-based incentive program. The PUD assists in administering this program to its qualifying customers. The amount each participant earns depends on the type of equipment installed and the amount of energy produced. There are limits per participant and in total incentives paid per utility each fiscal year. The program is subject to change by state action at any time.

To participate, the customer named on the PUD account must have the system certified by the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. WSU is the new program administrator, effective Oct. 1, 2017. Once you receive your certification letter from WSU, submit a copy to the PUD. Once the PUD has record of your system’s certification, we will administer the Production Incentive Credit annually.

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Click here to read more about how the PUD administers the State Production Incentive

The PUD prepares annual incentive applications for all certified customers, letting them know how much renewable energy was produced and metered during the fiscal year, as well as the total incentive amount earned. Customers should receive this by late July. Customers will need to respond to the PUD with their acceptance (we’ll provide instructions and allow for both electronic and paper communications). When we receive the accepted application back from the customer, the customer is credited for the lump sum of fiscal year incentives. Customers may cash out their credit or leave it on their account to pay down future PUD charges.

After the total amount of Production Incentive Credits given to PUD customers for the previous fiscal year is reported to the state, PUD takes a credit on their Public Utility Tax equal to that amount.


Federal Tax Credits

An Investment Tax Credit of 30% is available on the purchase and installation cost of PV systems placed in service before Dec. 31, 2019.

PUD Registered Solar Contractors

If a contractor not on this list claims to be a PUD-Registered Contractor, call our Energy Hotline to verify.

Energy Hotline:

425-783-1700
(M-F, 8am to 5pm)

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