Inland Power has reached its maximum allowed for net metering incentives by Washington state law. As such, all members who wished to receive state incentives were required to have their application submitted to Inland Power by November 16, 2015 and construction was to be completed by December 31, 2015. All members are still welcome to install net metering systems, however there will not be state incentives starting January 1, 2016. If you have questions, please contact Inland Power at (509) 747-7151.
Inland Power supports our member’s interest in supplying their own electricity needs through the use of qualifying renewable energy sources. We have adopted a streamlined process so members can be assured that the system they are interested in meets a few simple industry standards before they commit to buying and installing a solar, wind or other renewable energy generating system.
Net metering is a method for utilities to encourage member investment in renewable energy technologies. Net metering enables members to use their own generation to offset their consumption over a billing period. This is accomplished by allowing their electric meters to turn backwards when they generate electricity in excess of their need.
Before purchasing a system there are a few easy steps to have your system approved at your site. Answering these simple questions is the first step in this process: Nearly all residential scale systems will qualify for this streamlined approval process and you will have an answer and likely approval to proceed in 15 business days or less.
1. Does your proposed system use an inverter-based interconnection which is certified by an independent laboratory to meet the requirements of UL 1741?
2. Is this system connected through a single-phase transformer?
3. Is the system 25 kW or smaller in size?
4. Does the installation of this system require changes or additions to Inland Power’s facilities? (Answering yes to this question requires additional review by Inland Power staff.)
Note: If you answered yes to the first three questions and no to the fourth question you are ready to apply for interconnection to the Inland Power system and can expect an answer within 15 business days of your request. If you answered no to one of the first three questions or yes to question four, an answer will take slightly longer.
Submitting Your Application
You can submit your completed application to the email below. Participating in net metering is the easiest and most reliable way of building renewable energy at your site, but for Washington residents there are additional programs which can make your system even more valuable. The Renewable Incentive Payment Program establishes a renewable energy production incentive with financial payments for certain renewable generating resources. Under Washington law (RCW 82.16), homeowners with renewable on-site power systems certified by the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) can earn various per kilowatt-hour (kWh) incentive payments for metered generation. The individual incentive payments will be larger if the renewable energy equipment is manufactured in Washington State. There is a $5,000 cap annually per household. See the documents to the right for details on this program and how to have your system approved for this valuable program.
These programs are currently available to residential customers who receive electrical service from Inland Power & Light. You must install and interconnect an eligible generating system (not exceeding 100 kilowatts) located on your premises, which is interconnected to Inland’s electrical system. All required documentation (application, contract, building permits, DOR certification, etc.) must be completed and have written approval received from Inland Power & Light prior to interconnecting your generating system to Inland’s electrical grid.