Frequently Asked Questions

Washington Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program is a state program that offers credits to entities that install renewable generation systems in the state of Washington.

The program is designed to provide payments to customers that install anaerobic digesters, wind generators, or solar energy systems. These payments are meant to encourage the development of renewable generation systems in the state of Washington.

Beginning October 1, 2017, the Washington Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program transitioned to the Washington State University Energy Program.

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Why am I receiving a letter and or email to apply with the WSU energy program?

On September 2017, a bill passed the Washington State Legislature (SB 5939) that was signed into law by the governor. Per the legislature, utilities including Pacific Power will no longer manage the incentive program for the Washington State Department of Revenue. The new administrator will be the Washington State University energy program and they have developed procedures to ensure that this new incentive program is a success.

How do I continue to participate in the program?

To continue your participation in the program all participants must apply with the WSU energy program and provide consent for Pacific Power to release information about your usage for WSU Energy Program no later than April 30, 2018.  

What was the deadline to reapply?

Consistent with the requirements found in WAC 504-49-600, your reapplication for continued incentive payments through June 30, 2020 must be submitted to the WSU energy program by April 30, 2018. Information is available on their website at www.energy.wsu.edu.

Who do I contact for help?

If you have difficulties navigating the reapplication website, have questions about it, or need additional assistance, please contact the Washington State Renewable Energy Systems Program directly at solarprogram@energy.wsu.edu or by calling them at 360-956-220 or 1-888-363-7289.

Where can I find more information?

Additional information can be found at the Washington Department of Revenue website.

What is the Washington Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program?

The Washington Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program is a policy mechanism designed to encourage the development of renewable energy projects by requiring participating utilities to make payments to customers that generate electricity from certain renewable sources. In the program the utility makes annual payments to a customer based on the energy they produced during the previous year. Participating customers will receive payments for all generation through June 30, 2020.

What are the steps for participation in the Washington Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program?

New incentive application and precertification applications are submitted through WSU’s PowerClerk system. Applicants can use WSU’s PowerClerk to create and submit a new incentive application or check the status of an existing incentive application. Visit the following link to start a new incentive or precertification application.

Incentive recipients with a system certified by Department of Revenue and have received incentives through the Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Program must reapply by April 30, 2018.

If you need assistance, or have questions please contact program administrators:

Email: solarprogram@energy.wsu.edu

Phone: 360-956-2200 or 888-363-7289

Web:  http://www.energy.wsu.edu/