Sep 16, 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many industries in numerous ways, including a widespread shortage of supplies and materials for the utility and construction industries. Read more about our Material Shortages and Supply Chain Disruptions here.
Community Solar: All the benefits of having your own solar power system, without all the hassles.
In 2015, PUD 3 installed Mason County’s first shared solar energy project. The 75-kilowatt project is located at PUD 3’s Johns Prairie operations center. Approximately 110 PUD customers are reaping benefits of energy produced by the solar array, a Washington State Production Incentive, and federal tax credits. Nearly 2,900 “solar units” were allocated to customers who had registered to participate and collectively pay for the project. Customers signing up for the program requested nearly twice as many units than were available.
Participants saw their investment paid off in only four years in three ways:
With over 100 home solar power systems installed throughout Mason County, PUD 3 customers have shown a great deal of interest in renewable energy.
The shared solar project helps customers who for one or more reasons can’t take advantage of solar energy at their homes: