Net Metering and other incentives
Net Metering helps you offset the cost of the electricity you buy with energy you generate at home. Your power can be generated with solar, wind, biogas and other eligible renewable resources. State and Federal incentives may also be available to you.
Through Net Metering, PSE keeps track of the energy you use and the amount of excess power your system generates. The energy you send back to the grid is credited against your usage so you only pay for the net amount of energy that PSE provides, plus your basic monthly charge.
Benefits of Net Metering:
- Reduces your electricity bills.
- Reduces your carbon footprint
- Allows you to use your own clean energy source, without giving up the reliability of the PSE grid.
Explore the Solar Energy Investment Tax Credit, available for residential and commercial projects:
Solar customers may be eligible to participate in the Washington Production Incentive Program, which PSE voluntarily administers to qualified customers. To participate you need to:
- Be the account holder at the address where the renewable energy system is installed and have a valid interconnection agreement with PSE.
- Include designated production metering into your renewable energy installation. (PSE’s Rate Schedule 151 outlines our production meter costs and requirements).
- Be certified by the Washington State University Energy Program as eligible for annual incentive payments.
Eligibility to participate in the production incentive program is determined by WSU.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PRODUCTION INCENTIVE AVAILABILITY
Please be aware that PSE cannot guarantee the availability of the Washington Production Incentive Program funds. Eligibility in the state incentive program is determined by the WSU Energy Program. Customers can submit an application to this program only after their renewable energy system has been installed and passed its final electrical inspection. Per state law, WSU Energy Program can only obligate up to $110 million dollars in incentive payments to participants statewide. PSE’s best estimate is that this limit could be reached as early as the end of 2018, and when it is, WSU will stop accepting applications to the program.
If earning the state incentive plays a crucial part in your decision to invest in solar energy, we encourage you to learn more about the availability of incentives at http://www.energy.wsu.edu/RenewableEnergySystemIncentiveProgram.aspx and discuss the risks and project timeline with your installer.
Steps to apply for Net Metering
If you're thinking of generating your own electricity to meet a portion or all of your electricity needs, we can help you through the Net Metering process. A net meter is capable of measuring both the electricity supplied by the utility as well as any excess supplied by the customer's system back to the grid and is designed for systems up to 100 kW of generating capacity. For systems that exceed this generation level, please contact one of our Energy Advisors at 1-800-562-1482.
To get started:
Select an experienced installer. Through the PSE Contractor Alliance Network you can find a dependable and qualified solar installer. The installer will help you determine if your home/business is a good candidate for solar. We recommend you get multiple bids on your project and check their references.
Interconnect with PSE. Once you’ve selected an installer, they will help lead you through the process of connecting your solar array to the PSE power grid. The process is as follows:
- Submit an Interconnection application and a Net Metering agreement using our online portal
- PSE will review your project submission. If accepted, PSE will issue you an Approval to Construct
- Procced with solar installation, following local codes and permitting requirements
- After your electrical permit has been finalized, submit your Notice of Completion to PSE
- PSE will then order meters
- PSE will execute your Net Metering agreement
- If participating in the state’s production incentive program, be sure to certify your system with WSU.
The net metering policy for Washington state is designed to let customer-generators offset their electricity consumption with solar energy production on an annual basis. If you use more energy than you produce during a given bill period, then you pay PSE for your net purchase, plus the basic service charge.
If you produce more energy than you use within a given bill period, your net excess generation is monetized and added to your net metering reserve. You can use your net metering reserve to apply to energy charges in another bill period. Per state law, net metering credits expire on April 30 of each year.
ResourcesUnderstand your Net Metered billing
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Find resources and guidelines for solar contractors and installers. Please remember that all customer generation system applications and schematics must be approved by PSE before a system is installed.