Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1

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For Existing Solar Customers

Solar Customers, Here Are Important Details On Your 2017-June 2018 State Production Incentive Funds

June 30 is the fiscal year-end for the production incentive program. With the shift to WSU, this year brings a few changes to the administration of these funds.

Here is a high-level time-line:

  • June: PUD will collect normal meter reads for all customers
  • During the month of July, while collecting normal meter reads, Meter Reading will also upload the June 30 read (using MV90, an interval data collection tool)
  • By mid-August, we will provide production data to Washington State University (WSU) for all solar customers
  • By mid-October, WSU will provide us with a list of incentive payments for all eligible solar customers
  • By Dec. 15 we will issue payments -- as always, Customer Accounting will work expeditiously to get these out sooner

As a reminder: when legislation passed, changing program management from the DOR to WSU, current solar customers had to re-apply with WSU in order to continue receiving incentives, and, if a new solar customers, apply to WSU for certification.  In all cases – WSU issued a confirmation e-mail to each customer upon acceptance of a re-certification or new certification application. You are encouraged to refer to that e-mail if questioning your eligibility status.


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. 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.

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.


FAQs

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How can I calculate my total energy use?

Your total energy use is made up of energy generated by your renewable energy system, plus energy you buy from the grid, minus energy you send back to the grid.  On the sample bill, the home’s total use this bill period is 333 KWH REN (A) + 329 KWH (B) – 237 KWH NET (C) = 425 KWH 

If I produced more energy than I used, why do I still have to pay PUD energy charges?

Even though you produced more energy than you consumed during the billing period, the PUD did incur costs on your behalf.  We work to maintain grid infrastructure so that power is there for you anytime you need more than what your system is producing. All customers pay a minimum energy charge to help pay for this service, and net metering cannot offset this. 

How long will I carry a balance in the net metering reserve?

During each billing period, we will apply as much of the net metering credit as possible to energy charges on your account. Any remaining unused credit will be held in the reserve for the future, carried over from one bill period to the next until it is fully used or until April 30 of each year, when any remaining unused net metering credit expires according to state law. Customers are not compensated for net metering credit that expires. 

What is net metering aggregation?

Net metering aggregation is available to customers that have a net metering reserve balance in April AND an additional metered account/accounts with the PUD. Customers are allowed on an annual basis to apply to have their net metering reserve balance applied to applicable energy charges on their other metered accounts. Net metering credit can never be used to offset minimum energy charges. Fees for aggregation do apply. Click here to read more about net metering aggregation in our rate schedule.

Can I use the PUD’s Budget Payment Plan (BPP) for a net metered account?

Budget Payment Plans are not compatible with net metering and will be discontinued when your account is set up on our net metering rate schedule. If you have concerns about this, please contact customer service at 425-783-1000.

If you’ve recently purchased a home with a pre-existing solar array, congratulations!

Watch your mail for a welcome packet. We will be sending:

  • A Net Metering Agreement to review, sign and return to us. Please keep a copy for your records.
  • A sample bill that shows important billing information and terminology
  • Information about certifying your system through WSU so you can participate in the WA State Production Incentive Program if you choose to do so

Sample Bill:

Sample PUD bill (click to view)
Click on the image and a pdf will pop up for easier viewing.

Many Customer-Generators participate in both the PUD’s Net Metering Program and the WA State Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Program, more commonly known as the Production Incentive Program.   

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Energy Hotline:

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