Renewable Generation

photo of Orcas Barn with solar panelsMore than 200 OPALCO members are generating renewable energy tied to the OPALCO electic 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.

Getting Started

Begin by viewing the New Member Generator Checklist for step-by-step instructions. Then:

 

Current Incentives

Applications for the OPALCO WA State Renewable Energy incentive pool have reached the Washington state-defined cap of $100,000.

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.

Local Incentives

Member-Owned Renewable Energy (M.O.R.E.). The M.O.R.E. incentive pool is funded by voluntary member donations to provide a production credit to local renewable member generators. The incentive amount is currently $0.035/kWh for systems online connected July 1, 2014 through January 2016. See MORE Policy 1 for full program details.

 

State Incentives

WA Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Program. The state production base incentive rates range from $0.12/kWh to $.54/kWh, as the incentive rate is higher for modules and inverters manufactured in Washington. Download the Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Certification form to register your system for incentives.

NOTE: This incentive is capped by the State at $5,000 per year for each Member Generator and $100,000 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:

  • 6/30/14 payout factor – 92% (actual)
    Example: A $0.15 payout rate was reduced to $0.138 in 2014
  • 6/30/15 payout factor – 58% (actual)
    Example: A $0.15 payout rate was reduced to $0.087 in 2015
  • 6/30/16 payout factor – 55% (actual)
    Example: A $0.15 payout rate was reduced to $0.084 in 2016

 

State Tax Credits

Renewable Sales and Use Tax Exemption allows a 100% exemption for solar photovoltaic systems 10 kilowatts or less; 75% exemption for other qualified systems.

  • The tax exemption applies to labor and services related to install the equipment, as well as the sale of the equipment and machinery
  • Expires June 30, 2018 for systems 10 kW or less; January 1, 2020 for other qualified systems.

 

Federal Tax Credits

  • Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit allows a taxpayer to claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is used as a residence by the taxpayer.
  • For more information and details see www.dsireusa.org or www.energystar.gov/taxcredits. Extended through 2019.

 

Member Owned Renewable Energy Participation

Even if your site isn’t ideal, you can still participate. Support Member Owned Renewable Energy (M.O.R.E.) to help fund local incentives for as little as $4 a month. Click here to sign up.

Useful Links for Renewables

 

Renewables Technology Watch

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