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Solar Incentives and Rebates in washington

Peak Sun Hours (PSH): 3.3 - 3.9
Cost of Grid Power: $0.10/kWh
Number Of Installations: 21,958

Data from DSIRE. For more info visit: https://www.dsireusa.org/

Name Implementing Sector Program Type Administrator DSIRE ID
Solar Easements & Rights Laws State Solar/Wind Access Policy 14
Biodiesel and Ethanol Sales and Use Tax Deferrals State Industry Recruitment/Support 962
Biodiesel, Biodiesel Feedstock, and Alcohol Fuel Production Property and Leasehold Tax Exemption State Property Tax Incentive Washington State Department of Revenue 985
Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Standards State Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards 1584
Wa Energy Program - State tax rebate program Local Grant Program Washington State Department of Community Trade and Economic Development 2379
WSU Extension Energy Program - Manufacturing Efficiency Program State Grant Program Washington State University Extension Energy Program 2917
City of Bainbridge Island - (Re)Power Bainbridge Rebate Program Local Rebate Program 5292
Puget Sound Energy - Multi-Family Efficiency New Construction Grant Program Utility Rebate Program 5451
Seattle HomeWise: Weatherization Local Grant Program Seattle Office of Housing 5622
Residential Solar Permit Requirements State Solar/Wind Permitting Standards 5646
Lewis County PUD - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program Utility Rebate Program 5759
EPUD - Solar Electric Program Utility Rebate Program 5761
Lewis County PUD Residential New Home Rebate Program State Rebate Program 5765
Lewis County Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program Utility Loan Program 5772
EnergySpark Home Loan State Loan Program 5800
Lewis County PUD - Loans for Energy Efficiency Program Utility Loan Program 5804
WSHFC Sustainable Energy Program State Loan Program 5840
PGE Renewable Development Fund Utility Grant Program 5870
Avista Utilities (Electric) - Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives Program Utility Rebate Program Avista Utilities 5946
Lewis County PUD - Commercial and Industrial Programs Utility Energy Analysis Lewis County PUD 14804
Northwest Public Power Association - Training and Education Other Training and Information Northwest Public Power Association 14807
Seattle City Light - Facility Assessment Utility Energy Analysis Seattle City Light 14846
Lighting Design Lab - Energy Efficiency Education and Assistance Other Energy Analysis Lighting Design Lab 14849
Seattle City Light - New Construction Program Utility Energy Analysis Seattle City Light 14850
Snohomish County PUD No 1 - PowerTrend 2.0 Other Energy Analysis Snohomish County PUD No 1 14859
Tacoma Public Utilities - Walk-Through Energy Audit Utility Energy Analysis Tacoma Public Utilities 16166
Washington State University Energy Program - Industrial Training Programs Other Training and Information Washington State University Energy Program 16169
Pacific County PUD - Pacific County Rebate Incentives Utility Energy Analysis Pacific County PUD 16739
Lakeview Light and Power - Rebates Utility Energy Analysis 17510
Tacoma Public Utilities - Energy Bill Profile Utility Energy Analysis Tacoma Public Utilities 18156
Puget Sound Energy - Savings and Energy Center Utility Energy Analysis Puget Sound Energy 18915
Cowlitz County PUD - Net Metering Other Other Cowlitz County PUD 19171
Tanner Electric Cooperative - Green Power Options Utility Other Tanner Electric Cooperative 19220
Peninsula Light Company - Green Power Utility Other Peninsula Light Company 19222
Big Bend Electric Cooperative - Net Metering Utility Other Big Bend Electric Cooperative 19431
Blaine City Light Dept. - Net Metering Other Other Blaine City Light Dept. 19432
Centralia Light Dept. - Net Metering Other Other Centralia Light Dept. 19436
Parkland Light & Water Co. - Net Metering Other Other Parkland Light & Water Co. 19447
PUD No. 1 of Douglas County - Net Metering Other Other PUD No. 1 of Douglas County 19524
PUD No. 1 of Skamania County - Net Metering Other Other PUD No. 1 of Skamania County 19527
Klickitat PUD - Net Metering Utility Other Klickitat PUD 19533
Benton PUD - Green Power Program Utility Other Benton PUD 19534
Pacific County PUD - Green Power Utility Other Pacific County PUD 19535
Columbia Rural Electric Association - Net Metering Other Other Columbia Rural Electric Association 19621
Mason County PUD 3 - Commercial Lighting Audits Utility Energy Analysis Mason County PUD 3 20271
Energy Northwest - Commercial Energy Calculator Other Energy Analysis Energy Northwest 20351
Energy Northwest - E+ for Commercial Customers Other Energy Analysis Energy Northwest 20352
Snohomish County PUD No 1 - Business Energy Savers Other Energy Analysis Snohomish County PUD No 1 20392
Avista Utilities - Site-Specific Energy Efficiency Incentives Other Energy Analysis Avista Utilities 21657
Avista Utilities - Workshops and webinars Other Energy Analysis Avista Utilities 21689
Avista Utilities - Energy Smart Grocer Program Other Energy Analysis Avista Utilities 21705
BetterBricks - Integrated Design Lab Other Energy Analysis Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) 21726
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - Energy Training Calendar Other Training and Information Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance 21727
Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute - Energy Certification Programs Other Training and Information Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute 21728
Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute - Energy Management Certificate Other Training and Information Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute 21729


What’s the Cost of Solar in Washington State?

Cost of Grid Power

Washington electricity prices average $0.10/kWh, well below the national average of $0.14/kWh.

Thanks to the Columbia River, Washington leads the nation in generating hydroelectric power- and folk music about hydroelectric power. Commissioned by the Bonneville Power Administration, in 1941 Woody Guthrie toured the Pacific Northwest and in a single month wrote twenty six songs about the construction of public works along the region's rivers. Many of the songs featured in the documentary Columbia. The most popular of these songs, "Roll On Columbia," became Washington's official state folk song in 1987.

Most solar in Washington comes from rooftops. The state didn't have a utility-scale solar PV project until 2018. The state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) does not mention a solar carve out. On the bright side, in 2019 Washington reinstated a total sales tax exemption on equipment, services , and labor and related to home PV installations of up to 10kW.

Cost of a Solar Install

Cost of a typical 5kW PV install in Washington from 2016-2018

A graph of steady prices for a typical 5kW PV install in Washington from 2016-2018.
Figures include design costs. Data from Berkeley Lab, courtesy of Washington State University.

The average cost of a 5kW (equivalent to saving almost 100 trees a year) solar power system starts around $19,000 in Washington. Before any incentives, in the first year you’d save about $500, compared to if you had been paying the normal rates for the energy you used. These savings can continue for well over 25 years, improving with inflation.




Just How Much Can I Save With Solar in Washington?

This depends on may factors such as your system size, power output, and financing. Here are the main ways you can finance your home solar power system, and the kinds of returns you may expect to see:

Out-of-Pocket

From our example above, the homeowner purchased a 5kW system to offset their energy bill. Overhead cost was $19,000, with a significant proportion returned in the first year through incentives, rebates, and savings, then paying itself in full over 16 years.

Most solar power systems have a warranty lifetime of 25 years. In that time, between incentives and paying lower rates you could make a profit of around $9,000 - in addition to improving the value of your home by around $9,500.

Even with occasional maintenance or part replacement, that is a massive savings. Solar panel power output falls on average 0.8% per year, so with a little TLC and load management you can extend the life of your system well beyond the warranty’s expiration date, continuing to save indefinitely.

Solar Loan

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Whether or not you can afford the up-front cost of the install, you may want to consider a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). With equity in your home, or good credit, you may qualify for a 15-year solar HELOC with fixed rate of 4% or lower.

Starting with that same 5kW system costing $19,000 but with zero up-front cost, accounting for incentives, credits, rebates, and annual energy savings starting around $500, you could see a revenue surplus of about $5,000 at the end of the first year.

Save that money though. Your loan payments will likely exceed your power savings during the 15-year term. Once the loan is paid off, you can expect to save about $800 a year. Over 25 years you could expect to make about $1,000, in addition to improving the value of your home by around $9,500.

Power Purchase Agreement

Washington does not allow Power Purchase Agreements.




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