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Click here for details on El Sol al Alcance de tus Manos, the South Everett Solar Project

Community Solar at the Arlington Microgrid

Our Community Solar program at the Arlington Microgrid is scheduled to run for 20 years. The program boasts 8,100 solar energy units (each unit is 1/5th of a panel). Customers could participate for as little as $120 per unit to receive a monthly credit on their bill based on their units’ production.

Note: All our Community Solar panels have been purchased.

There is no waiting list available. Stay tuned for more opportunities to participate.

View the Community Solar site’s production 

Congratulations to the Stanwood/Camano Community Resource Center and HopeWorks Social Enterprises for being the recipients of our first Community Solar Income-Qualified Pilot grants!  Read more about how these two organizations will be putting solar energy to work for community members in need.

How we calculate the Arlington Microgrid Community Solar monthly energy credit

We use this calculation to determine your monthly bill credit:

Solar energy generated ÷ total Community Solar units (8,100) x PUD Community Solar Credit ($0.06) x number of units you purchased = Total Credit

Please note: only Community Solar participants who have paid for their units in full will receive monthly solar energy bill credits.

Monthly generation

Generation Period Amount of Energy Generation (kWh)
May 2024 76,939
April 2024 73,184
March 2024 55,906
February 2024 32,480*
January 2024 20,800*
December 2023 13,833
November 2023 33,472
October 2023 52,574
September 2023 71,113
August 2023 63,084
July 2023 108,048
June 2023 92,120
May 2023 90,880

*This month’s total is a result of averaging production from the same month in 2022 and 2023. The solar array was partially offline during this timeframe to allow for safe partial relocation of the project.


Can I transfer my units?

Yes, you may transfer your units to another PUD customer. Please download and submit this form.

What if my electric account is closed (due to a move, death, divorce, etc.)?

In the event you, or your representative, needs to terminate your electric account, we will allow 60 days for solar units to be transferred or sold to another PUD electric customer. If the units have not been transferred within 60 days, the units will revert back to the PUD. If you move within PUD’s service territory and continue to be an electric customer, the units will remain with you.

Can I go see the solar array?

The solar array is located at 17601 59th Ave NE in Arlington, next to a Clean Energy Technology Center. The site is across from the Arlington Airport and can be seen from 59th Ave NE.

Where does the money go?

Money collected from solar energy unit sales offset the cost of construction and maintenance of the solar array.

What financial credits and incentives do participants receive?

Participants receive a fixed monthly credit of $0.06/kWh on their bill equal to their portion of the solar system’s production. This is the average forecasted value of local renewable energy for the next 20 years.

In addition, customers will receive an annual incentive payment provided by Washington state. We anticipate this payment will be $0.16/kWh per year of energy produced for the first 8 years of the program, or when the PUD reaches 50% of the total solar system cost, whichever comes first.

Which is a better return on my investment, rooftop solar or community solar?

If you are interested in putting solar panels on your home or business, we recommend getting bids from a few solar installers to weigh the costs and benefits of this option. The financial return on rooftop solar is highly dependent on solar installer costs, available state and federal incentives, and the site’s access to sunlight (i.e. free from shading).

Who pays for ongoing maintenance and repairs?

The $120 cost per solar unit is inclusive of estimated maintenance costs for the 20-year project period. Any additional maintenance or repair costs will be covered by the PUD.

In the event of a cataclysmic event, the PUD is fully insured and holds equipment warranties from the manufacturers.

Why is the project period only 20 years? I thought solar panels lasted longer.

Solar panels do usually last longer than 20 years. However, we anticipate that maintenance costs will begin to increase after 20 years. We decided to end the project at this point instead of including additional maintenance costs in the solar unit cost.

What happens at the end of the 20-year project period?

At the end of the project period, contracts with participants, including the energy credit, will end and energy production will revert back to the PUD.

Is this Community Solar project eligible for the Federal Investment Tax Credit?

We do not think participants in this project would be eligible for the Federal Investment Tax Credit, as participants will not own the physical asset. However, we encourage participants who are interested in this incentive to consult with a tax professional.

Where does the energy produced by the solar array go?

The Community Solar array has a capacity of 500 kW. The energy produced by the solar array sends power directly to the grid and serves as a generating unit for energy storage and vehicle-to-grid systems incorporated in the microgrid in addition to buildings on site.

How will the solar array work with the new microgrid planned for the site?

The Arlington Microgrid includes the solar array, battery storage units and a vehicle-to-grid system. In an emergency, the system will be able to be “islanded” to run independently from the electric grid, powering the future North County community office. The energy storage and vehicle-to-grid systems will demonstrate how renewable energy can pair with clean energy technologies.

Questions? Please email