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Renewable Generation Incentives
Avista currently offers a net metering program or a Power Purchase Agreement for customers interested in renewable generation. There are also federal and state incentives available. The incentives differ from state to state and are detailed below. More information on state incentives can be found at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable and Efficiencies.

Federal Incentives

There is a 30% federal tax credit for the year of purchase on qualified system installations. The Energy Star website has more information on Consumer Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency.

Idaho State Incentives

There are currently no state incentives for Idaho. The federal tax incentive is applicable.

Washington State Incentives

Avista participates in Washington's State optional Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Program.

The Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery 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.

In order to receive the state incentive, the generation system must be grid connected and a production meter (also referred to as a generation meter) must be installed by Avista to measure the amount of energy generated. The incentive amount is based on the total energy generated annually. The table below shows the different incentive payouts. The individual incentive payments will be larger if the renewable energy equipment is manufactured in Washington State. The incentive payment has a maximum payout of $5,000 annually per household. The incentive is paid by the state and administered through Avista.

Customer-generated power applicable rates Base rate (0.15) multiplied by applicable factor, equals incentive payment rate
Solar modules manufactured in Washington
Factor: 2.4 (two and four-tenths)
$0.36
Stirling converter manufactured in Washington
Factor: 2.4 (two and four-tenths)
$0.36
Solar or wind generating equipment with an inverter manufactured in Washington
Factor: 1.2 (one and two-tenths)
$0.18
Both solar modules and inverter manufactured in Washington
Factor: (2.4 + 1.2) = 3.6 (three and six-tenths)
$0.54
Anaerobic digester or other solar equipment or wind generator equipped with blades manufactured in Washington
Factor: 1.0 (one)
$0.15
Wind generator equipped with both blades and inverter manufactured in Washington
Factor: (1.0 + 1.2) = 2.2 (two and two-tenths)
$0.33
All other electricity produced by wind
Factor: 0.8 (eight-tenths)
$0.12

How Does the Incentive Work?

  • The customer must provide one or more meter bases in order for Avista to install a production meter(s).
  • The production meter records total energy generated by the customer's system.
  • Avista's incentive is based on customer's generated energy from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.
  • After the generation system is commissioned by Avista, the customer must return a Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Certification form to the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) in order to determine the incentive rate. This only needs to be done once.
  • The customer sends a copy of the Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery certificate to Avista with a Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Annual Incentive Payment Application form filled out by August 1 of each year.
  • Avista will distribute the incentives to the customers.
  • Avista will send an annual reminder when it is time to send the Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Annual Incentive Payment Application form.

Next Steps

Whether you're thinking about or moving forward with the installation an electrical generating system, Avista has put together the information you will need to interconnect to our system. Find information on interconnection here.

Washington State Department of Revenue links

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