People have been putting renewable resources to work in lots of ways for thousands of years. And now you can, too.
Since 2002, Buck-A-Block has been offered to our customers as a choice to offset the environmental impacts of the energy they use.
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.
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.
Evolving Energy News
Your source for more information on how you can help build a market for renewable energy and support community-based projects.
Buck-A-Block Solar Grant
Avista is awarding grants of up to $55,000 for new solar energy projects installed at non-residential building sites within our service territory. Preference will be given to school-district and community-use projects. There are a limited number of single grants available. View the 2016 application, available now. Learn more about the 2015 grant recipients.