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. And Avista launched our Buck-A-Block voluntary rate program in 2002, and by the end of 2011, participants purchased more than 70,000 megawatt hours of emission-free renewable energy annually. When you sign up for Buck-A-Block, you make a voluntary payment above and beyond your normal rates. Avista makes no profit from that additional money, which goes to support the renewable energy many of our customers prefer by purchasing environmental offset from renewable energy generation.
As more and more customers like you opt for renewable generated energy, like wind, biomass, and solar, the more economical it becomes for everyone. That’s where Buck-A-Block comes in. By signing up, you’ll get 300 kWh of renewable energy for just $1 — and you’ll be supporting emission reducing generation in a very real way. Plus, you will lessen and offset your overall impact on the environment.
Here’s what we mean: An average customer uses between 600 and 1,000 kWh of electricity a month, so purchasing just two to four blocks means 100 percent (or more) of that energy could come from a new renewable resource--such as wind, biomass or solar.
Now we've added solar...
As new 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. As you can see below, it's still an expensive option when compared to hydropower, or even wind power:
- We estimate the system will generate 18,000 kWh per year which represents 18 Renewable Energy Certificates or REC’s,
- The cost to produce energy from this system over it’s 25 year life is estimated to be $.40 kWh*.
- Since today's average wholesale energy value is around $.05 kWh, the added premium to generate electricity from this resource is approximately $.35 per kWh*.
*Individual installation costs will vary based upon Federal, State and local incentives.
We also offer a renewable generation incentive (RGI) for Washington customers who install their own renewable energy systems, like solar panels, wind turbines or anaerobic digesters. To qualify, your system must be on the grid. There’s also a one-time energy efficiency incentive for such projects available to both Washington and Idaho customers. Customers who want to connect to Avista’s grid may find the state and federal programs listed below helpful, as well.
Here are some helpful Websites on generating your own renewable energy: