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Buck-A-Block Program

It started with clean, renewable hydropower...

People have been putting renewable resources to work in lots of ways for thousands of years. And now you can, too.

Today, wind power is the world’s fastest growing renewable energy resource, along with biomass and solar. Avista launched our Buck-A-Block voluntary rate program in 2002, and by the end of 2014, participants purchased more than 70,000 megawatt hours of emission-free renewable energy annually.

For as little as $1 per month, above and beyond your normal rates, your voluntary participation helps build a market for renewable energy and supports community projects. Avista does not profit from this program.

Buck-A-Block energy is in addition to electricity Avista buys or generates to serve customers. Each $1 block purchased provides 300 kWh of energy from these renewable resources and it's one of the easiest ways to support emission reducing power generation while lessening and offsetting the overall impact on the environment.

15 kW PV installation at our Clean Energy Test Site at Rathdrum Idaho.

The current Buck-A-Block resource mix is identified by the renewable energy type to the left. Renewable Energy has two commodities, the value of energy itself and the value of the environmental offset. The environmental offset is also known as a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) or green tag.

Here's what that means: An average customer uses between 600 and 1,000 kWh of electricity a month. By participating in Buck-A-Block and purchasing two to four "blocks" means up to 100 percent (or more) of that energy could come from a renewable resource-such as wind, biomass or solar. Avista takes your $1 and purchases the REC from a qualified renewable energy resource.

Now we've added solar...

As renewable energy sources become more common, interest increases. Because solar energy continues to rise in popularity, we've added it to the Buck-A-Block mix. Our 15 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) installation in Rathdrum contributes to the Buck-A-Block program.

Buck-A-Block Solar Grant

Recently, Avista has established a grant program for solar energy projects installed at non-residential building sites. There are a limited number of single grants available of no more than $70,000 per approved project. In order to qualify, your project must be a new placement of solar power on locally owned, non-residential building sites. School districts are preferred; however, other non-residential entities may apply. Learn more.

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