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Renewable Energy Generation

We've been at this a long time. It all started with renewable energy more than a century ago. But we didn't stop with clean, efficient hydropower.

Avista's forward-thinking culture encourages new ideas, and that has kept us in the forefront of renewable energy throughout our history. Our Kettle Falls generating station was the first power plant of its kind when it was built in 1983. It produces electricity by burning wood waste from which every single useful scrap has been used. Learn more about how Kettle Falls converts wood to watts.

Avista has been a leader in encouraging customers to use energy efficiently with programs spanning over 30 years. The most renewable kilowatt hour (kWh) might just be the one we don't use through energy efficiency and conservation.

We Offer Choices For Your Energy Resources

Today, there are a lot of options available for customers interested in renewable energy. From Avista's Buck-A-Block program to in-home generation or investing in an electric car, customers have choices in how to support renewables as a resource. With the Buck-A-Block Solar Grant program, there's now an opportunity for Avista's non-residential customers as well.


For as little as $1 per month above and beyond your normal rates, your voluntary participation helps build a market for renewable energy, support community projects and purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). Avista does not profit from this program. Learn more. Sign up.

Since 2015, Avista has offered Grants for the installation of solar energy projects in order to further promote renewables and the Buck-A-Block program. Minimum requirements for eligible applicants include: non-residential buildings with preference to schools or non-profit organizations, geographic location of the array, along with community and educational exposure.

Customer Solar Systems

Whether it be rooftop or community, we're here to help. If you're interested in generating your own electricity, we've put together some information to help guide you through the process. Contacting us early in the planning is important, as it can become complicated, depending on your situation.

Rooftop solar - We're here to help you if you are interested in solar generation. Start by using our solar estimator.

Community solar - Find information on Avista's sold out community solar project.

Other Renewable Energy System Options

There are five main types of renewable energy customers can choose. Wind turbines, solar, anaerobic digesters, hydro and geothermal. Learn more about other renewable energy system options.

Electric Transportation

Whether you have a question about electric vehicles (EVs), charging at home or at work, public charging or commercial industrial applications, we want to help. Learn more.


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