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Net Metering (Reopening March 1, 2019)

Effective March 1, 2019, Richland Energy Services (RES) is reopening its solar net metering program to new applicants. Customers wanting to participate in Richland Energy Services Net Metering Program must complete a Renewable Energy Application. The City must approve the design and metering system prior to the customer connecting to the City's distribution system. The City will charge a $225 one-time net meter installation fee after the application is approved to offset program costs. Click here to view an example bill calculation for residential customers.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PRODUCTION INCENTIVES through the WSU Renewable Energy System Incentive Program:

 Please be aware that by having accepted your solar application, RICHLAND ENERGY SERVICES (RES) DOES NOT GUARANTEE that Washington State Renewable Energy System Incentive Program funds (also known as “production incentives”) will be available to you. Eligibility in the state incentive program is determined by Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program. You can submit an application to this program only after your system has been installed and has 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. RES estimates that this limit could be reached as early as November 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 (http://www.energy.wsu.edu/RenewableEnergySystemIncentiveProgram.aspx) and discuss the risks and project timeline with your installer.

Solar Energy System FAQs

If you're considering investing in a solar energy system for your home, there are a lot of variables to consider - system cost, maintenance costs, incentives, size, location, and many others. They can be overwhelming. Here are some FAQs to help you make an informed decision that's right for you. 

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Contact:

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

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