Okanogan County PUD offers net metering to customers who wish to generate their own electricity with wind, solar, etc. systems of 100 kilowatts or less of generating capacity. Once the PUD reviews and approves a customer-owned electric generation system, net metering allows a customer to be connected to the utility's distribution system. Any excess electricity generated by a customer can be credited to the customer's next bill at the same rate they are charged for electricity.
Contact Kim Johnson in Energy Services for more information at 509-422-8428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take advantage of this program by following these steps:
1. Understanding Net Metering
Download and review all the PDF documents listed on this page.
To get started, begin with this Customer Information Packet on Net Metering.
A meter is the only additional equipment required for a net-metered solar or wind system to qualify as a generator. If the system has battery backup, additional meter(s) may be required. Okanogan County PUD will assist in determining type, number and locations of meters based on the system design.
Identify the generation equipment you would like to install. Net metering allows for systems rated up to 100 kW.
Contact the appropriate city or county building and planning department to discuss your project. Determine whether you must obtain permits or if there are zoning restrictions that would prohibit the installation of your generator. You must obtain an electrical permit.
Contact your property insurer to discuss the installation of your power generator. Your insurance agent may need copies of receipts for the purchase of the equipment and the installation costs to update your homeowner’s annual insurance premium. The PUD does not require liability insurance to become a producer.
Contact an Energy Services representative by calling 509-422-8428 or 1-800-922-7011 to discuss your project.
2. Applications, Agreements and Fee
Complete and return the following documents and fee to the Energy Services department at Okanogan County PUD, PO Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840:
Important information pertaining to this application:
- Interconnection inverter must be UL 1741 and IEEE 1547 listed
- An electrical schematic drawing must be included
- If a lockable visible disconnect is required, provisions for it must be included
- A check made out to Okanogan County PUD for $100.00 (Application Processing Fee).
- Pre-Pay Line Extension Charge (if applicable). If additional facilities are required those fees will be calculated as a line extension.
Attachment B: Generating Facility Certificate of Completion
Attachment C: Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreement
Attachment E: Customer Checklist for Utility Interconnection
The Okanogan County PUD Engineering Department must approve each net-metered system before it may be interconnected with the PUD’s distribution system. Location and type of meters must be approved by the district before power generation starts. Safety-related testing of each net-metered system may be required before interconnection to the utility grid is allowed.
It is recommended that you first complete and return the Application for Interconnecting a Generating Facility no Larger than 100 kW and the Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreement (both attached above) for approval to be certain the system you own or intend to purchase meets all the requirements.
3. Generator Installation
After receiving approval to become a net metering customer, you are ready to purchase and install your power generator.
Contact the appropriate city, county and/or electrical inspectors during installation. Remember to install your generator according to the Net Energy Metering Interconnection Agreement (attached above).
Call the PUD to schedule an inspection of your completed installation.