Washington Commercial
Solar Incentives

Take Advantage of Solar Incentives For Businesses

With today’s Washington commercial solar incentives, you can cover up to 80% of the upfront costs associated with a brand new solar panel system. Solar energy can provide a significant return on your investment with today’s Washington commercial solar incentives.


New Cash Incentive Available!

Get paid for every kilowatt-hour of solar energy you produce. Learn how you can earn up to $25,000 a year from your electric utility.

Currently Participating Utilities

Clark PUD, Cowlitz PUD, Lewis PUD, Skamania PUD, Wahkiakum PUD

Federal Investment Solar Tax Credit

The Federal Solar Tax Credit will directly credit your federal business taxes, wiping out any tax liability that you have on a one-to-one basis.

This incentive is a credit to your tax return worth 30% of the total cost of your solar electric system. The credits can be used within 5 years from the date of installation.

Example Using the Federal Solar Tax Credit

Cost of System:
Federal Tax Credit Gained
$30,000 (30%)

Combined with other Washington commercial solar incentives paybacks are quick and the energy savings are long-lasting.

Solar Production Cash Incentive

Get paid cash for the solar power you generate

This unique Washington commercial solar incentive is based on how much solar power you produce from your panels. Each year you will get a check from your local Public Utility worth up to $25,000 for installing commercial solar panels and up to $5,000 for putting solar panels on your home (See Washington Residential Solar Incentives).

It pays cash to business ownersthat qualify up to $0.11/kWh for all of your solar electricity. You must use made-in-Washington solar panels and the payments are made to you once per year, in late summer. The maximum amount you can be paid is $25,000/year, so it is critical to size your system appropriately to ensure a return on your investment. We are happy to help you do that for free and with no obligation.

Example of Production Cash Incentive

You generate 10,000 kilowatt-hours of solar power.

Multiple 10,000 by $0.11

You will earn $1,100 for the 10,000 kWhs your generated

Plus, you have Net Energy Metering!

Payments made through this program are made in addition to the free solar electricity you receive throughout the year, making this incentive one of the most generous in the nation. However, regardless of when you choose to go solar, please be aware that the cash-incentive steps down each year.

Participating Electric Utilities

Clark PUD, Cowlitz PUD, Lewis PUD, Skamania PUD, Wahkiakum PUD

 Have a question about how this Washington commercial solar incentive works? Get your questions answered with a free solar consultation, today!

MACRS Accelerated Depreciation for Solar Panels

50% Bonus Depreciation is Available, too!

Depreciation is the loss of value that occurs over time with the item your business purchased for a specific use. As a business owner, you are eligible to deduct this “loss in value” from your taxable income when used for your business.

85% of total solar installation costs are eligible for depreciation. This can add a tremendous amount of financial value to your system.

MACRS Accelerated Depreciation Table

MACRS Bonus Depreciation Table

United Stated Department of Agriculture Grant

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides grant funding to agriculture producers and rural small businesses for solar electric systems. The popular Rural Energy for America Program grant, or better known as USDA REAP Grant cover 25% of the total cost of going solar with grants from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Agricultural producers and rural small businesses are eligible to receive up to $20,000 in grant money through their Rural Energy for America Power Program (REAP).

Who may apply?

  • Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations
  • Businesses in eligible rural areas
  • Agriculture producers may be in rural or non-rural areas

Keep in mind, that “small” is defined by the SBA depending on your NAICS code, and can appear quite “large.”

You can look up your NAICS code here.
You can explore small business size limits here.

At Sunbridge, we in-house writing the grant to ensure you have the best possible opportunity to be awarded. We work diligently to secure business grant funding for many projects in a competitive system.

Net Energy Metering at Market Rate

Net Energy Metering is how your utility compensates homeowners with solar panels for providing clean, renewable energy to your neighbors. Your utility must keep a “running tab” on how much solar energy you generate and then remove that charge from your bills. Any extra electrical credits that you save up must be carried forward to the next month’s bill for a full year.

Each credit is worth equal the market rate which is the price you pay for electricity.This means that you can bank up energy credits for solar power that you create in the summer, then use it in the winter when the sun isn’t shining so much.

Example of Net Energy Metering

You generate 10,000 kilowatt-hours of solar power.
You consume 6,050 kilowatt-hours of utilit energy.
Therefore, you net 3,500 energy credits.

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