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Washington Renewable Generation Incentive

Let’s work together.

We have a long legacy of generating renewable energy. Want to join us?

Through Avista’s renewable generation incentive (RGI), we offer financial help for customers in Washington who install renewable energy systems of their own. While such a project can be quite an undertaking, you’ll receive an annual credit on your utility bill to help offset and recover your costs for solar panels, wind turbines or anaerobic digesters. Payments are calculated per kilowatt-hour, based on the type of generating equipment you use and its manufacturer. Take a look at the potential incentive rates here.

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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.

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Tips on installing your renewable energy system

Get an electrical permit from Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Submit an application for interconnection to Avista (application provided by Avista).

Receive written approval from Avista for application for interconnection and application fee.

Follow the National Electric Code (NEC) as required.

Install a visual open, blade type, lockable generation disconnect switch and a separate meter base. According to the Avista standards to qualify for the RGI, Avista will provide and install a production meter to measure your generation.

Pass state electrical inspection.

Coordinate with Avista (Dan Knutson at 509-495-4204) for inspection and submit your certificate of completion.

Sign your interconnection agreement. Avista will replace your billing meter if necessary for net-metering purposes.

Start generating!

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How to receive your renewable generation incentive 

Apply to the Washington State Department of Revenue for certification. Apply to Avista for your incentive by August 1 of each year.

If you previously installed a renewable energy system and you’re already interconnected to Avista’s electrical system, please contact Avista so we can make sure on-going measurement of your generation is in place.

View more information from the Department of Revenue.

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