More than 230 OPALCO members are generating renewable energy tied to the OPALCO electric grid. You can produce renewable energy at your home or business using solar, wind, micro-hydro or other small-scale renewable resources.
Pre-approval is required for renewable systems tied to the OPALCO grid. Before diving into installation and paperwork, please contact us. We are excited to work with you!
IMPORTANT NOTE: As our local power generation capacity grows at a record pace, current production incentive pools, both State and Local, have reached their respective cap limitations. See the Current Incentives section below for more details, or call us at 376-3500 for more information.
Begin by viewing the New Member Generator Checklist for step-by-step instructions. Then:
Applications for the 2017 OPALCO WA State Renewable Energy incentive pool have reached the Washington state-defined cap of $100,000. Recent changes in the legislation have increased the cap to $250,000 starting in 2018.
NOTE: Incentive payouts will be decreased proportionally among production incentive applications beginning in 2014. For more information, see the Washington State Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Incentive.
WA Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Program. The state production base incentive rates range from $0.02/kWh to $.21/kWh, and the incentive rate is higher for modules and inverters manufactured in the State of Washington. Download the Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Certification form to register your system for incentives.
The program is administered by the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. They have a $125 application fee, and require details about the system, along with a signed interconnect agreement with OPALCO. A Frequently Asked Questions document can be found on their website.
NOTE: This incentive is capped by the State at $5,000 per year for each Member Generator and $250,000 per year in total incentive payouts for OPALCO.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Total applications for state incentives exceeded the $100,000 state-defined cap for OPALCO payouts beginning 6/30/14, and continuing into the current fiscal year. All member production incentive payments are now being decreased proportionally. The amount of the decreases are projected below. These are estimates only, and may vary based on the size and timing of pending installations, actual production levels, and the number of applications for incentives received from member generators:
Renewable Sales and Use Tax Exemption allows a 100% exemption for solar photovoltaic systems 10 kilowatts or less; 75% exemption for other qualified systems.