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A new incentive program for citizens and businesses of Washington recently passed the Washington State Legislature and was signed into law by the Governor. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5939 modifies tax incentives for renewable energy systems and provides guidance for recycling related components. The WSU Energy Program will begin administering the new incentive program on October 1, 2017. Until then, the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) is the administrator of the legacy program, and the WSU Energy Program is working closely with DOR to ensure a smooth transition.

The WSU Energy Program is looking forward to administering Washington’s renewable energy system incentive program. We are working hard to ensure a smooth transition when we become the program administrators on October 1, 2017.

Online application system will be available soon
We are currently customizing and testing an online system that applicants will use to:

  • Create and submit a new incentive application,
  • Reapply for certification of legacy systems, and
  • Check the status of their application as the review process gets underway.

We will announce the availability of the online system on our website. If you would like us to contact you when the online system is available, please follow this link to provide your contact information.

Will I get preferential access to the online system if I provide my contact information through the link?
No. WSU provides this opportunity as a courtesy so you will be notified when the online system is ready for use. We will also post the availability of the online system on our website.

Will the launch date of the online system affect my incentive accrual?
No. Incentive payouts will be made in accordance with the legislation.

Emergency rule
After consulting with our legal staff, we have determined that the best way to administer this program is to establish rules through the Washington Administrative Code process. Given the start date of October 1, we will issue an emergency rule as soon as feasible. A formal rulemaking process will follow soon thereafter. We do not believe that this rulemaking will materially delay application processing.

We appreciate the feedback we have received during this transition period, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration to ensure the success of this program.

If you have any comments or questions, you are invited to contact us at solarprogram@energy.wsu.edu or 360-956-2200.

Updates from Department of Revenue – September 18, 2017