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Solar is in your community

With over 300 days of sunshine, our community is a logical choice for solar. Solar arrays collect energy from the sun and convert to DC power, which is then converted to AC power via an inverter.  Community solar is an easy, affordable option for people to share the cost of a solar array. To provide our customers this unique option, we built the first local community solar project at our facility in Kennewick in 2015 and constructed a second project at our facility in Prosser in 2016.

Community Solar Incentives

In July 2017, a new Washington State Renewable Energy System Incentive Program was adopted. Benton PUD is voluntarily participating in the Program and its incentive cap was increased.  Projects certified after October 1, 2017 are eligible for incentives for eight fiscal years, or until the cumulative incentive reaches 50 percent of the total system price, whichever occurs first.  Participant’s state production incentive is based on the number of unit(s) they own.
 
Incentives are based on the fiscal year in which the system is certified. 

Community Solar Projects (up to 1 MW) – Incentive capped at $5,000 annually per participant per project:
2018 - $0.16/kWh, with a $0.05 Made-in-Washington solar panels bonus
2019 - $0.14/kWh, with a $0.04 Made-in-Washington solar panels bonus
2020 - $0.12/kWh, with a $0.03 Made-in-Washington solar panels bonus
2021 - $0.10/kWh, with a $0.02 Made-in-Washington solar panels bonus

Note:  Washington State's fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30 (i.e. 2018 incentives are issued for generation produced from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018).

In addition, participants receive a credit on their monthly bill based on the number of unit(s) they own.
 
Note:  Participants who enrolled in the Ely Community Solar Project in Kennewick or Old Inland Empire Community Solar Project in Prosser remain on the old incentive program offered through June 2020.
  

Interested in Community Solar?

Benton PUD is considering a third community solar project at our facility in Prosser.  If you are interested in receiving updates on the project, please contact us at solarconnections@bentonpud.org.
 

Community Solar Project Tours Available

Benton PUD built the first local community solar at our facility in Kennewick and a second project at our facility in Prosser.  Both of these facilities are available to tour.  To schedule a tour of one of our solar projects contact Solar Connections at (509) 582-1267.