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WA State Production Incentive - Investment Cost Recovery (ICR)

Update: October 6, 2017 

New Program: 

Governor Inslee signed new renewable generation legislation SB 5939 into law on July 7, 2017. The law revamps state tax incentives to utilities and changes requirements for utility cost recovery programs. Richland’s Investment Cost Recovery Program remains suspended for new customers until staff assesses the changes necessary to participate in the new program.  Staff anticipates opening the program to new customers first quarter 2018.  

Existing Legacy Program:

Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5939 makes substantial changes to the Washington State Renewable Energy Production Incentive Program. Please note that the incentive rates for legacy program participants will remain the same through FY20 when the program ends.

The new law requires re-certification of all existing Investment Cost Recovery (ICR) participants by April 30, 2018, by the Washington State University (WSU) Extension Energy Program in order to receive future incentives through FY20.

WSU is working to ensure a smooth transition for participants as they become the program administrator effective October 1, 2017.  An online reapplication system is being customized and tested.  This system will allow applicants to reapply for certification of legacy systems and check the status of their applications during the review process. If you would like WSU to contact you when the online system is available, please go to https://notify.energy.wsu.edu to provide your contact information. 

Additional program information is available from WSU at http://www.energy.wsu.edu/RenewableEnergySystemIncentiveProgram.aspx. 

Net Metering

Customers wanting to participate in Richland Energy Services Net Metering Program must complete a Renewable Energy Application & Instructions. The City must approve the design and metering system prior to the customer connecting to the City’s distribution system. There is no charge for net metering.

Low-Interest Solar Loans 

The City offers low-interest loans to promote use of solar power. The loan period is up to 10 years for up to $5,000 per installed kW, not to exceed $15,000. The customer must agree to maintain the system and allow the City to claim the environmental benefits. Download a loan application.

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Contact:

Dawn Senger, Energy Specialist
Ph: (509) 942-7436
Fax: (509) 942-7405 
Email
840 Northgate Drive
Richland, WA 99352

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