Clark Public Utilities offers several energy incentives for residential customers to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are offered for refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, ductless heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, air-source heat pumps, insulation, replacement windows, duct sealing, and certified Energy Star NW Homes.
Clark Public Utilities offers loans of up to $20,000 for air-source heat pumps and $30,000 for geothermal heat pumps. Loans will help customers cover the up-front cost of installing a highly efficient heat pump in a residence. All electrically heated homes, including manufactured homes, are eligible for the heat pump financing program, as long as the home has been lived in for one year or more (new construction is not eligible). Customers have up to seven years to repay the loan at a 5.25 percent interest rate.
Loans of up to $15,000 at a 5.25% interest are available through Clark Public Utilities' Weatherization Loan Program. The loans can pay for the average local cost of eligible measures, based on recently completed projects. Customers have up to seven years to repay the loans, but monthly payments will be at least $25. The utility charges a $225 or $350 loan set-up fee, depending on the loan amount, which can be paid up front or folded into the loan. Customers will be billed monthly for loan payments, separate from energy bills.
Clark Public Utilities offers financing available to its customers for the purchase and installation of residential solar equipment. Loans up to $10,000 are available for solar pool heaters and solar water heaters and up to $30,000 for photovoltaic systems.
Clark Public Utilities offers a rebate of $500 to customers who install a solar water heating system. Customers must own the residence or business where the solar water heating system is installed and must have an electric water heater.
Columbia REA, through the Bonneville Power Administration, offers an irrigation energy efficiency program for its agricultural customers. Stationary systems are not eligible for this program due to the number of sprinklers per acre. Replacement sprinklers are eligible for retrofits identified by utility staff, the consumer, the irrigation equipment dealer, or through pump testing and system evaluation. The new sprinkler nozzle flow rate must be the same or lower than those replaced.
Columbia Rural Electric Association offers its residential customers a variety of rebates for the purchase of energy efficient equipment and measures. Eligible equipment includes efficient clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, lighting fixtures, heat pumps, building insulation, and water heaters all qualify for rebates. These incentives will be made available to customers through a credit on monthly electric bills. Most equipment must meet certain energy efficiency standards listed on the program web site.
Cowlitz County PUD offers the Commercial Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) for their non-residential customers to improve the efficiency of their facilities. The program offers incentives on lighting, custom measures that save energy, improvement projects on industrial processes, and energy efficient motors. For all of the incentive programs, customers must sign an “Incentive/Implementation Agreement” with Cowlitz PUD BEFORE purchase and installation of equipment.
Cowlitz County PUD will provide rebates to customer homeowners who have a PUD-qualified heat pump dealer upgrade their heating system with the installation of a premium efficiency heat pump system, in accordance with the PUD’s rigid set of installation standards, and who upgrade their ductwork to meet the PTCS duct sealing requirements. Rebate incentives are as follows:
* With 50% or more of ducts in unheated areas (including the required upgrade of the duct system to meet PTCS duct sealing standards): $900
* With less than 50% of ducts in unheated areas: $450