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Snohomish PUD customers reach one megawatt in solar energy output


From the February 15, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 15, 2012

Customers of Snohomish County Public Utility District in Everett, Wash., have doubled their solar energy output from two years ago, with their combined solar energy production at one megawatt, the utility said. More than 200 Snohomish PUD customers now cover part of their electricity needs through their own renewable energy, including rooftop solar units.

This milestone is credited in part to Snohomish PUD’s "Solar Express" program, started in 2009, which offers customers the opportunity to install photovoltaic or solar hot water systems at their homes or commercial residences. Customers purchasing residential photovoltaic systems may choose a cash incentive ranging from $500 to $2,500 per installed kW, or they may apply for a 2.9% APR loan of up to $25,000 to finance the installation. Commercial and industrial cash incentives are up to $10,000, and similar rates apply to the solar hot water systems.

The utility recently installed one of Snohomish County’s largest solar photovoltaic systems at its Everett headquarters. The 10-kW system can produce almost enough energy for an average PUD customer’s home, and is expected to produce 10,700 kWh annually, the utility said. The PUD’s lobby also has an interactive display that shows customers real-time and cumulative output.

The utility provides more information on installations and the "Solar Express" program on its website.

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