Does Solar Energy work in Seattle?
Seattle City Light customers are installing solar equipment on their homes
and businesses - and in greater numbers every year. While we are known for
our cloudy skies, Seattle receives more sunlight than Germany, the world's
leading solar market.
Updated 2013 production incentive information for solar customers
Customer production meters were read June - July 2013, on the same
date as your billing (net) meter
Most customers were mailed Production Incentive Applications in
late August (due September 12)
The remainder of customers were mailed applications in September
(later due dates)
Only customers with a WA Department of Revenue (DOR) certification
on record with City Light were mailed applications
If you are a new solar customer and your production meter was not
read until August or later, you will be eligible to apply for an
incentive in 2014
Customers will be notified by mail starting in October whether
their application is approved
Production incentive checks will be issued to the WA DOR Certification
name(s) on record and mailed by December 15, 2013
Payments are capped at $5,000 per Tax Registration Number on file
with the Washington DOR
For more information email SCL_renewables@seattle.gov
or call an Energy Advisor at 206.684.3800.
Types of Solar Energy Systems
Solar energy can be used to produce electricity or heat water...
Solar Electric Systems (also called Photovoltaic or "PV" systems)
sunlight directly into electricity you can use in your home or business. With a
solar electric system, you pay less for electricity from Seattle City Light.
If your system produces more electricity than you need at any given time, it
will supply the grid, spinning your utility meter backwards. This process is
called "net metering."
Solar Hot Water Systems
use the sun's heat to preheat water before it
enters your conventional water heater. With a solar water heater, you pay less
for the electricity or natural gas that you normally use to heat your water.
Is Solar Right for You?
Installing a solar system on your property may make sense if you...
- own your home or commercial property;
- have a suitable shade-free area for solar collectors (such as roof
space in sound condition); and
- are interested in making a long-term investment to reduce your
Learn more about installing
Solar Electric Systems
However, whether it's the cost, or access to a sunny space, we understand
that solar energy doesn't work on every home.
opportunities are emerging to overcome these barriers
to solar energy use. Just as a P-patch affords the bounty of a garden to those
without their own space at home, Community Solar can provide solar energy and
its associated financial benefits to a multitude of participants.
Learn more about Community Solar