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 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 March 31 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

As of June 14, 2019, the Renewable Energy System Incentive Program is no longer accepting new applications. To learn more, visit the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program

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

At the end of each state fiscal year (June 30), the PUD will report production data for all certified customers to Washington State University (WSU). WSU will determine eligibility and provide payment information for each customer back to the PUD. Once this information is received, the PUD will issue payments in check form, which will arrive to customers by mail.

Federal Tax Credits

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief of 2020 extended the phase of the Federal Tax Credit.

An Investment Tax Credit is available on the purchase and installation cost of PV systems placed in service:

  • 30% for systems placed in service by Dec. 31, 2019
  • 26% for systems placed in service after Dec. 31, 2019 and before Jan. 1, 2023
  • 22% for systems placed in service after Dec. 31, 2022 and before Jan. 1, 2024

Please contact your tax accountant for further information

Customer Documents

Click here to view the PUD Registered Solar Contractor Directory

For a printable pdf, click here.

It is not required that you use a contractor from this list. 

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