Last updated: August 24, 2020
|Incentive Type:||Feed-in Tariff|
|Funding Source:||Utilities pay incentives and earn a tax credit equal to the cost of those payments|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Wind (Small), Anaerobic Digestion|
|Incentive Amount:||FY 2020: $0.02/kWh - $0.12/kWh|
|Maximum Incentive:||Residential: $5,000/year Commercial: $25,000/year Community Solar: $5,000/year per participant|
|Duration:||Max 8 years.|
|Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:||Customer-Generator|
|Name:||RCW 82.16.110 et seq.|
|Name:||WAC 458-20-273 Emergency Rules|
Note: Some utilities have reached their cap for incentive allocations under the Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment program. Some of these utilities have reduced per-customer incentive amounts in response, while others have closed the program to new applicants. Interested customers should check with their electric utility on the availability and level of incentive payments.
In May 2005, Washington enacted Senate Bill 5101, establishing production incentives for individuals, businesses, and local governments that generate electricity from solar power, wind power, or anaerobic digesters. The incentive was amended by Senate Bill 6658 in June 2010. The incentive amount paid to the producer varies by the use case for the system and the fiscal year in which the system is installed.
Ownership of the renewable-energy credits (RECs) associated with generation remains with the customer-generator and does not transfer to the state or utility.
The state's utilities will pay the incentives and earn a tax credit equal to the cost of those payments.
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