Net metering - Solar Strong Washington
In 2006, Washington created the Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program to help build a local solar manufacturing sector and to enable residents to put solar power to work on homes, commercial buildings, and community facilities. The program has been enormously successful...
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What Does Net Metering Mean in WA?

Since 1998, Washington state law has provided for all our 60+ utility districts to allow small amounts of distributed energy generation, like wind and solar, to tie into the broader electrical grid. The now-revised law (RCW 80.60) allows each utility to net-meter distributed generation projects, measured in kilowatt-hours, up to 0.5% of their 1996 peak hour’s demand.

Until recently, solar represented a very small amount of Washington’s total electricity production. But these days, solar is growing quickly. In recent years, several utilities have hit their “0.5% net metering caps,” at which point the state law allows each utility to choose how to proceed. Some have allowed more solar to interconnect above the 0.5%; others have shut out new installations completely.

For more information about the latest advocacy efforts regarding Net Metering, please see the letter sent from Solar Installers of Washington to Snohomish County PUD on August 7, 2017. Please feel free to email for more information.