Solar Panel Installation in PSE Territory
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has embraced solar energy as part of its commitment to renewable energy and sustainability. PSE offers net metering as the quintessential residential solar energy incentive. By expanding its solar energy capacity and supporting customer-owned solar installations, PSE aims to contribute to a cleaner and greener future by committing to removing coal-generated electricity by 2025, net-zero emissions by 2030, and carbon-free energy by 2045. Two years ago, PSE celebrated its 10,000th Solar Customer!
About PSE and Electricity
Over the 145 years of service, PSE is focused on providing safe, reliable, and affordable energy. As the largest electric utility provider in Washington it:
Employs over 3,300 people.
Has about 1.2 million electric customers.
Covers an area of 6,000 square miles.
Solar Incentives and Net Metering with PSE
Solar Incentives with PSE
Federal incentives for solar panel systems for PSE customers include the Investment Tax Credit, a 30% tax credit for solar energy systems. In Washington State, solar energy systems are sales tax exempt.
Benefits of Interconnection and Net Metering
The benefits of Interconnection and net metering with PSE include lowering your electricity bills, reducing your carbon footprint, and allowing you to use your self-generated renewable energy source with the reliability of the PSE grid.
Net Metering Limits
Net Metering is applicable for solar energy systems no larger than a nameplate rating of 100kW.
Is Net Metering Ending at PSE?
According to Washington State Law RCW 80.60.030, PSE is governed by interconnection and net metering regulations. PSE will continue offering net metering as part of the Customer Connected Solar program and Rate Schedule 150. Net metering allows customers to offset retail rate charges for energy consumed annually, using every kilowatt hour generated. However, net metering participation is subject to a state-imposed limit. You can visit Washington State University’s website to track PSE’s progress toward this limit. We are confident that the current net metering option will remain available at least until 2023. PSE will collaborate with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) and stakeholders to determine the future of net metering, ensuring continued support for our customers’ needs. Per state law, PSE has no plans to discontinue customer opportunities to interconnect to the grid or utilize the power they generate.