Orcas Power & Light - Production Incentive (Washington)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Washington

Name Orcas Power and Light - Production Incentive
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Small Hydroelectric, Wind
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 1.50/kWh for first year production

Start Date 1997

Maximum Incentive 4,500 one-time incentive

Terms One time only production incentive for non-firm power; facilities must be sized under 100 kW-AC
Program Administrator Orcas Power and Light Cooperative
Website http://www.opalco.com/
Date added to DSIRE 2003-04-04
Last DSIRE Review 2011-09-07

References DSIRE[1]


NOTE: This program is currently being revised and will be changed in January 2011.

Orcas Power and Light (OPALCO), an electric cooperative serving Washington’s San Juan Islands, provides a production-based incentive for residential and commercial members who generate energy from wind and micro-hydroelectric sources. To receive an incentive, members must sign an Agreement for Interconnection granting OPALCO rights to the system’s Green Tags (renewable energy certificates).

For wind and micro-hydroelectric systems, the member receives $1.50 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for half of the estimated first-year production. At the end of the year, a "true up" is paid based on the actual generation as determined by an OPALCO meter minus the initial estimate. The total incentive may not exceed $4,500. For 2010, the overall renewable energy program budget is $25,000.

Orcas Power and Light also offers a rebate for solar photovoltaic systems.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Anne Bertino
Department Orcas Power and Light Cooperative

Address 183 Mount Baker Road

Place Eastsound, Washington
Zip/Postal Code 98245
Phone (360) 376-3571
Phone 2 (360) 376-3500

Email ABertino@opalco.com
Website http://www.opalco.com/

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"