Updates on the Washington State Solar Production Incentive Program Management

We’ve received a number of inquiries from solar customers expressing confusion about the new state production incentive program that the Legislature passed this summer.

We don’t have all of the details yet, but we’ve compiled what we do know. We will update this post as we learn more, so bookmark this page.

The situation: The state Department of Revenue is transitioning management of the incentive program to Washington State University Extension Energy Program.

Customers with systems installed and inspected before September 30, 2017: The DOR will transition your system’s records to WSU. You will have until April 30, 2018, to “re-apply” for the production incentive program. A&R Solar will be sure to keep you informed when the registration program is ready to accept re-applications. There is no fee to re-apply.

“Reapplying” to the program ensures that you will receive production incentive payments for the solar power you produce through June 30, 2020, the original term of the program you signed up for. The new legislation does not extend or increase your solar production incentives, but it does prevent any further prorating. (In some utility districts where solar has been especially popular, utilities paid less to stretch the budget further.) No matter what utility district you’re in, you will be paid the same production incentive rate you received in 2016 for the remainder of the program (i.e. through June 30, 2020).

New customers (systems installed and inspected on October 1, 2017 and after): Once the new program is open for enrollment, A&R Solar will register your solar system with WSU for your production incentives. You will receive eight years of payments for your power at the 2018 rates, depending on the size of your system and the type of solar panels installed.

The Department of Revenue and the Washington State University Extension Energy program will continue to roll out the transition. We’ll keep you posted right here as we learn more.