Varies; 2015 payment was $0.09/kWh
Systems up to 25 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for SNAP funds. SNAP is not intended for customers who want to install renewable energy sources for back-up power generation at their home or business. Under the SNAP program, each solar or wind power system has a dedicated utility-owned production meter that measures the total AC energy generated by the system. Once the renewable energy has been metered, it can either go directly to a utility transformer or connect to the customer's electrical distribution panel. If the measured power connects to the customer's distribution panel, the customer receives the additional benefit of net metering. If the output of the inverter is connected directly to the transformer, the customer does not receive any net metering benefit but does receive an additional payment for the wholesale value of the power they generate, at a payment rate of 75% of the Dow Jones Mid-Columbia off-peak wholesale rate. SNAP producers in Chelan County are also eligible for the State's Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program.
According to the program web site, the installed capacity as well as the number and types of SNAP Producers as of June, 2015 are as follows:
Number of SNAP sites: 69
Non-profit agencies: 9
Private producers: 34
Colleges (Wenatchee Valley College): 2
Public buildings (Federal building): 1
SNAP renewables by type:
Small Hydro: 1*
*One producer has both wind and hydro on-site.
Capacity (in kilowatts): 258
Small Hydro: 5
The SNAP model can be adopted by other utilities at no cost. Additional information is available on the SNAP web site.