PUD says solar energy production has doubled in two years

Snohomish County PUD reports customers have produced a total one megawatt of solar electricity – double the rate of just two years ago.

More than 200 customers now use rooftop solar units for at least part of their energy needs. Most of it comes through PUD’s Solar Express program, which offers financial incentives and technical assistance to get you started.

“We’ve seen very strong interest in solar from both residential customers and businesses,” said PUD Energy Efficiency Program Manager Jessica Mitchell. “We can help customers identify models so projects pencil out and they can manage their energy future in a profitable manner.”

Customer-generated solar energy reduces the PUD’s need to purchase new power, while helping residents reduce their own utility bills.

Residential customers can qualify for up to $2,500 in incentives for rooftop panels or solar hot water systems. (The cost ranges from $4,900 to $11,000 depending on the size, manufacturer and complexity.) You may also qualify for a low-interest loan and additional tax credits.

For more information call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 or click on the link above.

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