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 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 will notify both you and the PUD when your system is certified.

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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

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

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Important: Deadline Established for New State Solar Production Incentive Applications!

Eligibility in the State Production Incentive Program is determined by the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. Per state law, the program can only obligate up to $110 million dollars in incentive payments to participants statewide. Some estimates indicate that this payment cap will be reached in early 2019.

If earning state production incentive funds is key to your decision to invest in a new solar array, please discuss the risks and timeline with your installer. For more information about the WSU program, including the deadline for new projects, click here.

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. 


Energy Hotline:

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

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