In response to growing customer interest in solar power and renewable energy, Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has launched the Solar Express program, which offers cash incentives and educational support to help consumers and businesses with the installation of photovoltaic and solar hot water systems.
Residential customers may also be eligible for low-interest loans to finance their systems. This program is the first of its kind in the Puget Sound region, the utility says.
For qualifying photovoltaic systems, residential customers can receive a cash incentive of up to $2,500 or, alternately, a 2.9% APR loan of up to $25,000. For qualifying solar hot water systems, cash incentives of $500 and 2.9% APR loans of up to $14,000 also are available. Business customers can also qualify for incentives for photovoltaic and solar hot water systems.
The PUD can assist customers with accessing the Washington state production incentive, and the utility also offers a listing of registered solar installers in the area. Free solar energy workshops will provide educational support this spring and summer. In addition, this summer, the PUD will install its own solar demonstration system at its Everett headquarters.
SOURCE: Snohomish County PUD