Everett Based Utility Says Customers Have Doubled Solar Use

January 28, 2012


Snohomish PUD solar express program is growing

Given the grey skies around here most of the time it’s hard to believe that solar power can be useful in Everett and beyond but the Snohomish PUD says solar output by customers generating their own power has now hit one megawatt. That’s double the output from two years ago. According to the PUD more than 200 customers are now covering part of their energy use thru alternative means.

“We’ve seen very strong interest in solar from both residential customers and businesses,” said PUD Energy Efficiency Program Manager Jessica Mitchell. “We can help customers identify models so projects pencil out and they can manage their energy future in a profitable manner.”

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% 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 click here for more information on the PUD’s solar programs.


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2 Responses to “Everett Based Utility Says Customers Have Doubled Solar Use”

  1. Mondoman Says:

    Does it really make economic sense without the government forcing utilities to pay above-market rates for the electricity produced? I would think we’d all be much better off by using that government money to help expand our natural gas infrastructure (pipelines) so that everyone could have home access to this lower-carbon and lower-price energy source.

    (I have no financial interest in any particular energy source)

  2. Chris Says:

    Solar power works just fine in the NW. While it doesn’t generate the same power as a similar install in Arizona, it does work. PV arrays are current devices, their voltage diminishes greatly with less solar input. Using a charge controller with MPPT makes it worthwhile. Do your homework and you will find that it does make economic sense.