BEF - Solar Starters (Washington)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Washington

Name BEF - Solar Starters
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Utility, State Government, Tribal Government, Fed. Government, Municipal Utility, Investor-Owned Utility, Rural Electric Cooperative, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential, Agricultural, Institutional, Retail Supplier
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Non-Profit
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 10¢/kWh for the environmental attributes (green tags) of the power produced by the PV systems

Eligible System Size System Size: up to 5 kW aprroved automatically; larger systems acceptable with additional negotiations

Terms 5-year contract
Program Administrator Northwest Solar Cooperative

References DSIRE[1]


In an effort to jump-start solar development in the region, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and the Northwest Solar Cooperative have made a five-year purchase commitment for Green Tags from new small solar installations throughout Oregon and Washington. Systems of up to 5 kW will be approved automatically, while larger sized systems can be negotiated. The partnership calls for the Cooperative to sign agreements with the PV system owners and pay 10 cents per kilowatt hour for the environmental attributes - or Green Tags - produced by the solar systems. BEF will in turn purchase the Green Tags from the Cooperative for resale to their wholesale customers and to consumers on their website

As of July 2005, BEF has purchased Green Tags from more than 60 PV owners through the cooperative.

The Northwest Solar Cooperative is managed by Cascade Solar Consulting.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Doug Boleyn
Department Northwest Solar Cooperative
Address 17610 Springhill Place
Place Gladstone, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97027
Phone (503) 655-1617


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"