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Orcas Power & Light - MORE Green Power Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/04/2014
Program Overview:
State: Washington
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind, Other small-scale renewables, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Amount:Varies. Current incentive for systems coming online July 1, 2014 or later is $0.035/kWh.
Terms:Incentive based off of year in which renewable energy system is interconnected.
Eligible System Size:Up to 200 kW
Funding Source:Member Contributions
Start Date:07/01/2011
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Orcas Power and Light (OPALCO), an electric cooperative serving Washington’s San Juan Islands, provides a performance-based incentive for residential and commercial members who generate energy from photovoltaics, wind, micro-hydroelectric and other small-scale renewable energy sources. The Member Owned Renewable Energy (MORE) Program is funded by voluntary member donations to provide a production credit to local renewable member generators. 

Incentive payments will be paid per kilowatt hour (kWh) of production, with a rate based on the year in which the system is interconnected. In 2014, incentive rates were adjusted to accommodate faster growth in MORE installations than voluntary contributions. 


Interconnection Year Incentive through June 30, 2014 Incentive starting July 1, 2014 Date of last     payment     
July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 $0.20 (plus bonus) $0.1167 June 30, 2025
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 $0.20 (plus bonus) $0.1231 June 30, 2026
July 1, 2012 - June 20, 2013 $0.17 $0.1093 June 30, 2027
 July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014  $0.14 $0.0933 June 30, 2028
 July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017 N/A $0.035 June 30, 2029


Systems interconnected in Year 1 receive bonus payments of $0.10/kWh for two years, and systems installed in Year 2 receive the $0.10/kWh bonus for one year. The maximum generation eligible per member generator is 10,000 kWh for commercial members and 4,000 kWh for all others.

The fund balance and payments will be reviewed by OPALCO on a quarterly basis. Each July, OPALCO will collect kWh production data from each member generator participating in the MORE program, and will make annual payments to eligible members. OPALCO may curtail new applications or revise incentive rates should funding become insufficient to sustain the program.

Member-owned renewable generators applying to be tied to OPALCO’s system must be pre-approved by OPALCO through the interconnection application process prior to installation.

  Amy Saxe
Orcas Power & Light Cooperative
183 Mount Baker Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Phone: (360) 376-3571
Fax: (360) 376-3505
Web Site:
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