Community Solar Income-Eligible Option
Price, terms and conditions
Customers who meet eligibility requirements may choose to participate in PSE’s Community Solar Project Services Income-Eligible Option (“Community Solar” or “Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service”) under PSE’s electric tariff Schedule 134 by subscribing to one Community Solar Resource Option (“share”) in a Community Solar project site at no cost. A customer with a household income below 200% of the federal poverty level, adjusted for household size, is considered to be eligible for the income-eligible option for PSE's Community Solar service. You will receive financial benefits in the form of a bill credit from the share you choose for your no-cost subscription. You may discontinue your participation from PSE’s Community Solar service at any time through your PSE account, by calling our Energy Advisors at 1-800-562-1482, or by writing to the address below.
Puget Sound Energy
Community Solar, EST-10E
P.O. Box 97034
Bellevue, WA 98009-9734
Who should I contact for more information?
Call a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Email us at CommunitySolar@pse.com or send postal mail to the address posted above.
How will I be billed?
You will receive benefits of one Community Solar share at no charge. The Community Solar Energy Credit you receive through the Community Solar service will be listed as a separate line item on your monthly PSE electricity bill.
How will my bill be calculated?
Customers who choose to participate in PSE's Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service will receive one share at no cost from the Community Solar share chosen for their subscription, which is equivalent to a 1.46kW share of the application Community Solar project site. The credits are applied to your monthly PSE electricity bill in addition to all other charges contained in the rate schedule under which you receive electricity service.
How much will my total electricity service cost, including utility charges?
Customers who participate in the Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service will pay their normal monthly electricity charge. In addition customers will see a line item for the energy credit (“Community Solar Energy Credit”). For example, if—in a given month—your electricity charge is $53 and you have one share of Community Solar for $0 and receive a $7 Community Solar Energy Credit, then your monthly charge will be $53-$7=$46 that month. Note that your actual monthly PSE electricity bill will vary based on your use of electricity and the estimated average monthly solar production from the applicable Community Solar project site chosen for your subscription.
Monthly Electricity Cost: $53.00* (*Actual electricity rates may vary.)
Community Solar Energy Credit: -$7** (**Based on estimated average monthly solar production from the applicable Community Solar project site; financial benefits may vary by site.)
Will my rates related to PSE's Community Solar service change over time?
Utility service rates are subject to change over time. All rate changes require approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Customers will be notified within one month of a rate increase or decrease applicable to PSE's electric Schedule 134 (“Community Solar Project Services”).
What length of participation is required?
There is no minimum term length for the Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service.
How long will I continue to receive benefits through the Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service?
The Community Solar program has a fifteen (15) year program length, but the availability of the income-eligible shares is subject to funding availability. PSE will use commercially reasonable efforts to alert you as the funding availability draws to a close, but reserves the right to discontinue the income-eligible option at any time based on funding. PSE will provide you with notice if the income-eligible option is discontinued.
Will I have to continue to verify my eligibility?
Customers participating in PSE's Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service will need to re-certify their income eligibility qualifications each annual subscription anniversary date. At its discretion, PSE may request additional information from customers to verify income eligibility for continued participation.
If I want to terminate my participation, is there an early termination fee?
There is no contract or termination fee; you may discontinue your participation in PSE's Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service at any time. Energy credits may be pro-rated based on date of termination.
What other fees might I be charged?
There are no additional fees associated with PSE’s Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service.
What if I move, will I still be enrolled in the Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service?
If a customer moves to a new location within PSE's electric service area and notifies PSE at least thirty (30) days in advance of their move, and if the customer continues to be eligible to participate in PSE's Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service, PSE will make its best attempt to transfer the customer's Community Solar subscription to the customer's new location and to automatically renew such subscription. If a customer does not notify PSE at least thirty (30) days in advance of their move, PSE may withdraw the customer from the Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service at no cost. Customers who move outside of PSE’s electric service area will be withdrawn from the Community Solar Income-Eligible Option service at no cost.
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