Avista Utilities Home Improvement and New Home Construction programs offer a variety of incentives encouraging residential customers to save energy in their homes. The rebates listed apply to residential homeowners in Washington who heat homes primarily with Avista electricity or natural gas. Incentives vary depending on technology, and generally apply to both existing and new construction homes. Interested customers should review the website for more information including individual equipment requirements and to access application forms.
Avista Utilities offers incentives to customers who improve efficiency through food service equipment retrofits. A variety of cooking and refrigeration equipment are eligible for rebates through this targeted program. The utility will conduct an energy site-analysis of existing equipment and issue recommendations on how equipment may be upgraded to higher efficiency levels. All equipment efficiency and installation requirements must be met in order to participate in this program. See the program web site for more information regarding this program.
'''The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission are currently reviewing the status of natural gas rebate programs. Changes to the program are expected on May 1, 2013. Contact Avista before making equipment purchases.'''
Bonneville Environmental Foundation's (BEF) Solar 4R Schools program began in 2002. This competitive grant program seeks to install small-scale photovoltaic systems at K-12 schools interested in increasing the visibility of renewable energy. Successful projects will include outreach and educational components to encourage community adoption and use of photovoltaics.
Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County provides rebates to residential customers for purchasing energy efficient appliances. The qualifying appliance must be installed in a location that receives electrical service from the Okanogan PUD. Interested customers need to call the utility to get the actual rebate amount for each appliance. In addition to new appliance rebates, Okanogan County PUD also provides rebates for decommissioned refrigerators/freezers for an $85 value.
Created in October 2004, Okanogan County PUD's Sustainable Natural Alternative Power Program (SNAP) encourages members to install renewable energy systems by offering an incentive payment based on the system's production on a dollar per kilowatt-hour ($/kWh) basis. SNAP producers also net meter and are connected to the utility's electrical distribution system. This program was modeled after the successful Chelan County Public Utility District program in Washington.
Okanogan PUD provides financial assistance for its qualified customers to improve the energy efficiency of homes and facilities. They offer loans for a variety of conservation measures including insulation, doors, air-sealing, duct work, lighting, Energy Star heat pumps and windows. Before funds are provided for new windows, door and/or heat pumps, the insulation levels must meet the program guidelines. Loans in excess of $4,000 will require that a Real Estate Mortgage be signed prior to loan approval. Applications are available on the program web site listed above.
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 photovoltaics, wind, micro-hydroelectric and other small-scale renewable energy sources. The Member Owned Renewable Energy (MORE) Program is OPALCO’s new green power program is funded by voluntary member donations to provide a production credit to local renewable member generators.
Orcas Power and Light Cooperative offers incentives for residential customers to pursue energy efficiency upgrades in eligible homes. Rebates are offered for Energy Star rated appliances, water heaters and heat pumps. The clothes washer rebate varies according to whether a home has a gas or electric water heater system. Please see necessary requirements and procedures on each rebate form and follow instructions. Program forms and applications may be found on the program web site listed above.