PUD customers’ solar energy generation hits 2 megawatts
Customers of Snohomish County Public Utility District have hit another milestone: their combined solar energy capacity now stands at 2 megawatts, double that of just 18 months ago.
Collectively these systems generate roughly 2 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy each year, enough to serve about 170 local homes.
More than 350 PUD customers now cover part of their electricity needs through their own solar energy units.
The bulk of the small-scale solar energy production comes from customers participating in the PUD’s Solar Express program, which offers financial incentives and technical assistance for solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems.
“We’ve seen growing interest in solar energy among both residential customers and businesses,” said PUD Energy Efficiency Program Manager Leslie Moynihan.
“With system prices as much as 40 percent cheaper than recent years and a collection of incentives and tax breaks available, it’s an ideal time to consider this renewable resource.”
For the PUD, which serves a rapidly growing area, customer-generated solar energy is a wise investment as it reduces the utility’s need to purchase new energy.
Renewable energy projects, such as rooftop solar units, help customers reduce their environmental impact and utility bills.
Solar Express Incentives/Loans:
Residential customers can qualify for up to $2,500 for solar photovoltaic systems, and commercial customers can qualify for up to $10,000.
All customers with electric hot water systems can qualify for a $500 incentive for solar hot water systems.
Residential customers may instead opt for a 2.9 percent APR loan up to $25,000 for photovoltaic panels and up to $14,000 for solar hot water systems. Customers also may qualify for additional federal tax credits and state production incentives.
Solar Express is one of the ways the PUD is promoting clean, locally-generated renewable resources. For more information, including qualifications, call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 or visit www.snopud.com/solarexpress.