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Generating your own energy with renewable resources

By generating your own renewable energy, you can lower your ongoing electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Solar is one of the most common ways our customers choose to generate their own energy. Our Customer Connected Solar program can help with information and resources to learn more about installing solar at your home and how to apply for interconnection and net metering with PSE.

Learn more at the links below:

Getting started with an installer

Installing rooftop solar panels allows you to generate renewable energy that can be used to power your home and reduce your ongoing electricity bills. Before making a long-term investment in solar, we strongly recommend getting multiple bids and selecting an experienced installer.

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    Through PSE Recommended Energy Professionals (REPs), you can find dependable and qualified solar installers who can help you determine if your home or business is ideal for solar.

    1. Visit PSE Recommended Energy Professionals and click “find a contractor.”
    2. Sign in to your PSE online account to request a list of REPs.
    3. Under “Product category,” select “Green energy.” Under “Products,” select “Solar PV.”
    4. You’ll receive a list of recommended solar installers in your area to contact for more information. We recommend getting multiple bids on your projects and check their references.

    If you don’t have an online account and need assistance requesting a list of REPs, contact a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Before installing solar panels on your home or business

    If you’re thinking about generating your own energy with solar panels, there are some important factors to consider when deciding if solar is right for your home or business. An experienced installer will help you evaluate your property and determine the best option based on location, size, sun exposure/shade, energy use and other factors, like budget and personal clean energy goals.

    For more information on what to consider when thinking about installing solar panels on your home or business, visit our Customer Connected Solar FAQ page.

Interconnection and net metering with PSE

Interconnection means connecting a solar (or other renewable energy) generating installation to your home’s electrical system. This allows you to draw power from your solar system when it’s available but never lose the benefit and reliability of the PSE grid. When your system generates more power than your home is using, the excess energy goes back onto the PSE grid. When your home is using more power than your system is generating, the PSE grid is there for you.

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    How Net Metering Works

    Through net metering, PSE keeps track of the energy you use and the amount of excess power your system generates. The renewable 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. If you produce more energy than you use within a given bill period, PSE banks the extra net metering credit. Your banked credit will automatically offset energy charges in future bill periods. Per state law, banked net metering credits expire March 31 of each year.

    Note that net metering is limited to systems up to 100 kW. For information about interconnecting larger commercial systems, please visit our Distributed Renewables page or contact one of our Energy Advisors at 1-800-562-1482.

    Benefits of interconnection and net metering with PSE:

    • Lowers your electricity bills
    • Reduces your carbon footprint
    • Allows you to use your own renewable energy source without giving up the reliability of the PSE grid

    Incentives that may be available to help you

    Federal incentives

    Explore the Solar Energy Investment Tax Credit, available for residential and commercial projects:

    Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit

    Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

    State incentives

    Washington Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Solar Energy Systems


    Alert
    The WA State Production Incentive Program is fully subscribed and is no longer accepting new applications from PSE customers to enroll in the program.

    For more information, please visit the WSU Energy Program.
    For further background about the funding and closure of this program, please visit Solar Washington.


    Steps to apply for interconnection and net metering

    Select an experienced installer. Through PSE Recommended Energy Professionals (REPs) you can find a dependable and qualified solar installer. The installer will help you determine if your home/business is ideal 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'll help lead you through the process of interconnecting your solar installation to the PSE power grid. The process is as follows:

    1. Submit an Interconnection application using our online portal
    2. PSE will review your project submission. If accepted, PSE will issue you an Approval to Construct
    3. Procced with solar installation, following local codes and permitting requirements
    4. After your electrical permit has been finalized, submit your Notice of Completion to PSE
    5. PSE will come out to test your system for safe interconnection and install any new meters required.
    6. PSE will issue an approval to energize and initiate net metering

    Note that this process is for systems up to 100 kW. For information about interconnecting larger commercial systems, please visit our Distributed Renewables page or contact one of our Energy Advisors at 1-800-562-1482.

    Resources

    PSE Rate Schedules
    150 (Net Metering)
    152 (Interconnection)

Existing customers

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.

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    If you produce more energy than you use within a given bill period, your net excess generation is 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 March 31 of each year.

    Washington State Production Incentive Program

    The Washington State Renewable Energy System Incentive Program (RESIP) is a production-based financial incentive for customers with solar, wind, and bio-digester generating systems. This program is separate from and additional to the benefits of net metering. The Washington State Program Administrator (WSU Energy Program) determines individual eligibility, rates, terms payment limits and annual payment amounts. PSE voluntarily administers state incentive payments annually to qualified participating customers.

    In 2019, the state budget limits for this program were reached, and the WSU Energy Program is no longer accepting applications from PSE customers who install new solar systems.


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    PSE continues to administer annual incentive payments to our participating customers with systems certified by the WSU Energy Program. This includes:

    • Customers who were certified by WSU Energy Program as eligible RESIP participants when they installed their renewable energy systems (roughly October 2017-June 2019) and;
    • Customers who opened a new PSE electric account where there is a previously RESIP Certified renewable energy system AND who obtain certification of eligibility in their name from the WSU Energy Program prior to the close of the state fiscal year no later than June 30.

    PSE reads production meters annually on June 30th, and each fall reports the kilowatt-hours generated by participants' renewable energy systems. Once directed by the WSU Energy Program (the State Program Administrator), PSE makes annual incentive payments to eligible customers. Individual participant eligibility for a given rate, term, payment limit, and incentive payment amounts are determined by the Washington State Program Administrator.

    For more information, please visit the WSU Energy Program's website, or contact the Washington State Energy Program team at solarprogram@energy.wsu.edu | 360-956-2200 or 888-363-7289 (toll-free).

    Moved In?

    If you opened a new PSE electric account at a home or business with solar, you automatically benefit from net metering on your electric bills.

    In order to qualify for a State Production Incentive Payment, a customer must first obtain certification of eligibility from WSU Energy Program. To be eligible for a payment in 2021, a customer with a qualifying system (installed October 2017 - June 2019, and previous owner was certified by WSU in the RESIP program) must obtain certification of eligibility from the WSU Energy Program prior to June 30, 2021. Contact WSU Energy Program at solarprogram@energy.wsu.edu | 360-956-2200 or 888-363-7289 (toll-free).

    Be prepared to provide your full name, service address and account number as they appear on the PSE electric bill for your net metered service.

    Resources

    Understand your net metered billing
    Understand your net metered billing (with production meter)
    WA State Production Incentive Program
    150 (Net Metering)
    151 (Renewable Energy Production Incentive Payment Program)

Contractors/installers

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.

Find a contractor

Request a list of PSE Recommended Energy Professionals (REPs) who can help you with solar and other green energy options for your home.