Distributed Generation

Renewable Energy Systems

Kittitas PUD allows interconnection of power generating systems to the District distribution system. This program is appropriately named Distributed Generation. These systems can generate power from a variety of sources, including wind, solar energy, biogas, fuel cells and water. Systems approved for interconnection are Net-metered - which allows electricity generated by the customer-owned systems to offset the electricity consumed. 

Renewable Energy System Incentive Program

A new renewable energy incentive program for citizens and businesses of Washington passed the Washington State Legislature and was signed into law by the Governor in July 2017. The Washington State University Energy Program began administering the new incentive program on October 1, 2017. 

As of June 2019, the statewide program has reached the capacity of state funding. Kittitas PUD is proud that, due to a large response from our customers in support of renewable energy, we reached our funding limit as of July 2018 (one of the first utilities in the state to do so). At this time, Kittitas PUD continues to accept applications for the installation of distributed generation systems but new customers are not included in the Renewable Energy System Incentive Program.

Kittitas PUD acts as a liaison between renewable energy customers and Washington State University (WSU) to compile production data and issue annual rebate checks based on WSU’s calculations. The program is otherwise administered by WSU. If you have questions about the program, please visit the Renewable Energy System Incentive Program website at http://www.energy.wsu.edu/RenewableEnergySystemIncentiveProgram.aspx.

Annually in July, each certified customer must obtain a read from the customer-owned production meter and submit the incentive rebate form to the Kittitas PUD. Production data is compiled and submitted to WSU for incentive calculation. Once this process has been completed by WSU, Kittitas PUD will issue rebate checks. The expected date for completion of this process is December 31st, but we finalize our portion of the process as promptly as possible. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that checks will be issued before December 31st.

Applying for a New Distributed Generation Interconnection

Customers can apply by completing the required documents and submitting to the Kittitas PUD with the application fee.
Distributed Generation application checklist (PDF)
Application for Inter-Connection of Alternative Power Generation (PDF)
Power Purchase and Interconnection Agreement (PDF)

Distributed Generation Rates

In April of 2019, the Washington State legislature passed the Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5223 (E2SSB 5223) affecting both the rate for Net-metering and the amount of Net-metering the utility must allow.  As of November 2019, Kittitas PUD has completed a review of Net-metering rates and notified customers affected by Senate Bill 5223. Please contact the office if you have questions.

The following rates apply to new interconnections. If you are an existing Distributed Generation customer, please contact the office to confirm your current rate.

Residential Net - Single Phase (Schedule 2001) (PDF)
This schedule is limited to farms and single-family residences for customers with a solar, wind turbine or micro-hydro electrical generating facility, or a hybrid system of one or more types. Click link to learn more.

Commercial Net - Single Phase (Schedule 2004) (PDF)
This schedule is limited to commercial single phase customers with a solar, wind turbine or micro-hydro electrical generating facility, or a hybrid system of one or more types. Click link link to learn more.

Commercial Net - Three Phase (Schedule 2002) (PDF) 
This schedule is limited to commercial three phase customers with a solar, wind turbine or micro-hydro electrical generating facility, or a hybrid of one or more types. Click link to learn more.