Idaho power prices average $0.11/kWh, below the national average of $0.14/kWh and down slightly from last year.
In 2019 solar accounted for about 3% of in-state power generation. Aside from solar farms, about 10% of that was small-scale or privately owned solar. Also in 2019 the Idaho Public Utilities Commission unanimously rejected a change to net metering proposed by Idaho Power, keeping it so that homeowners are paid at retail cost for power they generate and send to the grid. However, at present Idaho does not have a net metering law, and interconnection generally remains largely ungoverned across the state map.
The average cost of a 5kW (equivalent to saving almost 100 trees a year) solar power system starts around $10,000 in Idaho. That system would pay for itself through energy savings within 5.5-6.5 years. System life can span well over 25 years, and savings will improve with inflation.
Idaho has a non-conventional solar tax credit, but it's a significant incentive. In Idaho homeowners can deduct 40% of a system's installation cost in the first year, at least up to a $5,000. For each of the next 3 years, homeowners can deduct 20% of the system cost from their state income tax. In this spaced-out way Idaho effectively offers a 100% tax deduction on the cost of a solar install.
Data from DSIRE. For more info visit: https://www.dsireusa.org/
|Name||Implementing Sector||Program Type||Administrator||DSIRE ID|
|Solar Easements||State||Solar/Wind Access Policy||7|
|Residential Alternative Energy Tax Deduction||State||Personal Tax Deduction||Idaho Tax Commission||137|
|Renewable Energy Project Bond Program||State||Bond Program||Idaho Energy Resources Authority||365|
|Solar Energy Equipment Certification||State||Equipment Certification||441|
|Alternative Fuel Tax Exemption||State||Corporate Tax Exemption||Office of Energy Resources||857|
|Income Tax Deduction for Energy Efficiency Upgrades||State||Personal Tax Deduction||Idaho Tax Commission||1227|
|Property Tax Exemption for Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Energy Producers||State||Property Tax Incentive||Idaho State Tax Commission||2786|
|Energy Efficiency Standards for Public Buildings||State||Energy Standards for Public Buildings||2963|
|Idaho Power - Irrigation Efficiency Rewards Program||Utility||Rebate Program||5810|
|Avista Utilities - Site-Specific Energy Efficiency Incentives||Other||Energy Analysis||Avista Corp.||14772|
|Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) - Better Bricks Integrated Design Lab Daylighting||Other||Energy Analysis||Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)||16099|
|Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) - Energy Training Calendar||Other||Training and Information||Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)||16100|
|Northwest Energy Education Institute (NEEI) - Energy Management Certification Programs||Other||Training and Information||Northwest Energy Education Institute (NEEI)||16102|
|Northwest Energy Education Institute - (NEEI) Energy Management Certificate||Other||Training and Information||Northwest Energy Education Institute (NEEI)||16118|
|Idaho Power - Green Power Program||Utility||Other||Idaho Power||16537|
|Idaho Power - FlexPeak Management||Utility||Energy Analysis||Idaho Power||17379|
|Avista Utilities - Custom and Site-Specific Rebates||Other||Energy Analysis||Avista Utilities||17551|
|U.S. Department of Energy - Industrial Assessment Center (IAC): Oregon State University||Federal||Energy Analysis||U.S. Department of Energy||17596|
|Avista Utilities - Energy Smart Grocer Program||Other||Energy Analysis||http://www.energysmartonline.org/utilities/avista_index.html||19551|
|U.S. Department of Energy - Boise State University Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)||Federal||Energy Analysis||U.S. Department of Energy||19671|
|Fall River Rural Electric Coop - myMeter for Business||Utility||Energy Analysis||Fall River Rural Electric Coop||21914|
|BetterBricks - Integrated Design Lab||State||Energy Analysis||Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)||21924|
|Tech Help Idaho Manufacturing Specialists - E3 Operational Excellence Program||Other||Energy Analysis||Tech Help Idaho Manufacturing Specialists||22013|
|Avista - Energy Saving Tools||Other||Energy Analysis||Avista||22014|
|Idaho Power - Energy Saving Resources||Utility||Energy Analysis||Idaho Power||22015|
|Kootenai Electric Cooperative - Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate Program||Utility||Rebate Program||Kootenai Electric Cooperative||22079|