Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) officials announced Monday customers can begin purchasing solar units this month as part of Tacoma Power’s community solar project.
TPU is building four 75-kilowatt solar arrays on its warehouse roof located at 3628 S. 35th St. (see “Tacoma Power to build community solar project,” Tacoma Daily Index, Oct. 5, 2015; and “City of Tacoma Tacoma Public Utilities / Tacoma Power REQUEST,” Tacoma Daily Index, Sept. 11, 2015).
Beginning on Tues., Feb. 23, Tacoma Power customers can buy 28.5-watt solar units for $100 each, with a limit of 20 units per power account. There will be 10,447 solar units available. Only Tacoma Power customers may buy solar units, and only customers who register at TacomaPower.com/CommunitySolar may buy solar units when they go on sale. Tacoma Power will sell solar units on a first-come, first-served basis for customers who have registered. Registration closes on Sun., Feb. 21.
Community solar participants will receive an annual Washington State solar production incentive payment, provided the state continues the current solar incentive program, as well as payment for the electricity produced from the project, according to TPU officials. The estimated total payments for each $100 solar unit is $161.70. Tacoma Power will send incentive payments annually from 2016 to 2020. In 2020, customers will receive the final Washington State solar incentive payment, as well as payment for 16 years of projected electricity production between 2021 and 2036.
More information is available online at TacomaPower.com/CommunitySolar.