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Chelan County PUD - Sustainable Natural Alternative Power Producers Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/03/2014
Program Overview:
State: Washington
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Schools, Local Government, State Government, (All Chelan County PUD Customers)
Amount:Varies; 2014 payment was $0.10/kWh
Maximum Incentive:$1.50/kWh
Terms:Maximum system size of 25 kW - AC
Web Site:

The Sustainable Natural Alternative Power (SNAP) program encourages customers to install alternative power generators such as solar panels and wind turbines and connect them to the Chelan County Public Utility District's electrical distribution system by offering an incentive payment based on the system's production. The amount paid per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to SNAP Producers is determined by dividing the total amount contributed by SNAP Purchasers through the utility's green pricing program, divided by the total electricity generated by all SNAP Producers. The greater the amount contributed by SNAP Purchasers, the greater the amount that will be distributed among participating SNAP Producers, up to a maximum of $1.50 per kWh. As a result, payment rates have varied over the course of the program as follows:

2002: $1.50/kWh
2003: $1.20/kWh
2004: $0.74/kWh
2005: $0.46/kWh
2006: $0.25/kWh
2007: $0.21/kWh
2008: $0.25/kWh
2009: $0.22/kWh
2010: $0.21/kWh
2011: $0.22/kWh
2012: $0.16/kWh
2013: $0.14/kWh
2014: $0.10/kWh


Systems up to 25 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for SNAP funds. SNAP is not intended for customers who want to install renewable energy sources for back-up power generation at their home or business. Under the SNAP program, each solar or wind power system has a dedicated utility-owned production meter that measures the total AC energy generated by the system. Once the renewable energy has been metered, it can either go directly to a utility transformer or connect to the customer's electrical distribution panel. If the measured power connects to the customer's distribution panel, the customer receives the additional benefit of net metering. If the output of the inverter is connected directly to the transformer, the customer does not receive any net metering benefit but does receive an additional payment for the wholesale value of the power they generate, at a payment rate of 75% of the Dow Jones Mid-Columbia off-peak wholesale rate. SNAP producers in Chelan County are also eligible for the State's renewable production incentive program.  

According to the program web site, the installed capacity as well as the number and types of SNAP Producers are as follows:

Number of SNAP sites: 65
Schools: 24
Non-profit agencies: 9
Private producers: 29
Colleges: 2
Public buildings: 1

SNAP renewables by type:
Solar: 63
Wind: 2
Small Hydro: 1*
*One producer has both wind and hydro on-site.

Capacity (in kilowatts): 240
Solar: 195
Wind: 40
Small Hydro: 5

The SNAP model can be adopted by other utilities at no cost. Additional information is available on the SNAP web site.

  Susan Gillin
Chelan County Public Utility District
327 N. Wenatchee Ave., PO Box 1231
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Phone: (509) 661-4249
Web Site:
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