Renewable Energy and Net Metering

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Net Metering Renewable Energy Program Suspended

Effective October 2, 2018, Richland Energy Services (RES) is suspending indefinitely its renewable energy and solar net metering program to new applicants. This is due to RES reaching the maximum total net metering production required by Washington State law RCW 80.60 Net Metering of Electricity. RES staff is analyzing its program to make cost-effective changes that meet state requirements and that are fair for solar-generating and non-solar generating customers.

RES will process net metering applications received by October 2 and if approved will provide the net metering incentive for systems installed by November 2. After RES approves your application and interconnection, you will be eligible to apply for the Washington State Renewable Energy System Incentive Program.

RES will provide updates about the program status on our website.

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 ( 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. 

WSU Renewable Energy System Incentive Program

Apply for State Production Incentives through the WSU Energy Program. All solar customers who wish to receive available production incentives must apply each year. Solar customers joining the new WA State production incentive program starting in 2018 will be required to pay an annual $125 application fee, to be submitted with the incentive application.

Follow the instructions outlined on the WSU Renewable Energy System Incentive program website to receive your annual incentive payment.

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

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