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Renewable Energy Net Metering Program

Benton REA has closed applications for the Washington state Renewable Energy Incentive Program as it has met the WSU Energy Program cap per state legislation. Funds for this program have been exhausted; however, Benton REA members can still participate in Net Metering through Benton REA, with no state incentive. 

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.

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. This includes a new net meter provided by Benton REA.
  4. Submit an additional $75 fee to Benton REA for the production meter. 
  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*

  • Federal Tax Credits - Amount changes annually
  • $0.0783/kWh Net Metering
  • State Incentive: Benton REA has met the Washington State University Energy Program cap, thus there are no state incentive dollars left to fund the program
  • 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.