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Washington State Renewable Incentive Program

As of July 16, 2018, Benton REA has closed applications for the Washington state Renewable Energy Incentive Program. This is a precaution to ensure the cooperative does not exceed the program cap set by the WSU Energy Program per state legislation.

If you have an application that has been filed with Benton REA and we have returned a copy of the signed interconnection agreement, you may proceed with building your renewable energy system.

For members who are interested in solar, but have not started the process, Benton REA encourages you to consider enrolling in Co-op Solar - a member-supported community solar project. Enrollment opens August 6 - Oct. 5, 2018.

Benton REA is your trusted partner in navigating the world of renewable energy. Although we do not sell or recommend any particular brands or products, we can help you navigate the options, incentives and tax credits that are available for your renewable energy project.

Net Metering is an incentive designed to encourage and enable Benton REA members to generate their own electric power at their home, business or both. The power you generate is credited against your monthly electric bill. Generating electricity will reduce the amount of electricity Benton REA will provide to you and help you save on your monthly energy bill.

Rooftop Solar Panels on a home

How to participate

  1. Contact Benton REA to discuss current program incentives and requirements by calling 509-786-8265.
  2. Select the qualifying system you want to install.
  3. Submit a net metering (interconnection) application and pay the $75 fee to Benton REA. Upon approval, the member may begin the installation.
  4. Submit the state renewable incentive application and pay the $75 fee to Benton REA.
  5. Follow the steps in Benton REA’s policies for installation and inspection of your system until final approval by Benton REA.
  6. Start generating power!

Qualifying Renewable Projects: Solar - Water - Wind - Biogas

Potential Incentives*

  • 30% Federal Tax Credit
  • $0.0783/kWh Net Metering
  • Residential State Incentive:
    • Through June 2019 - $0.14/kWh 
    • Through June 2020 - $0.12/kWh
    • Through June 2021 - $0.10/kWh
  • For Commercial State Incentives, contact Benton REA 

*Residential and commercial incentives are subject to change at any time. Contact Benton REA at 509-786-8265 for current program details.

For Current Participants

Annual renewable energy generation reports are due to Benton REA by August 1, 2018.  Download the form today and return it to: 

Benton REA

Attn: Ron Mitchell

PO Box 1150

Prosser, WA 99350