Solar Project Types


Commercial Solar

Nameplate capacity greater than twelve kilowatts. Meets the applicable system eligibility requirements.

Typically 30 kW to 250 kW Systems

WA Production Incentive: up to Twenty Five thousand dollars per project.

Shared Commercial

A solar energy system, owned or administered by an electric utility, a combined nameplate capacity of greater than one megawatt direct current and not more than five megawatts direct current. A shared commercial solar project has at least five participants.

WA Production Incentive: Up to thirty-five thousand dollars per year per project participant.

COmmunity Solar

Up to one thousand kilowatts direct current nameplate. Must have at least ten participants.

  • One participant for every ten kilowatts DC nameplate capacity.
  • The administrator is the utility, nonprofit, or local housing authority.
  • Meets the applicable eligibility requirements.
  • Eligible participants of a community solar project are a business entity, limited liability company or a corporation.

WA Production Incentive: Five thousand dollars per project participant.

SOlar for Non-Profit

IRS rules exclude nonprofits from utilizing solar tax benefits because of their tax exempt status. However the Solar-For-Business framework for community solar offers an economically viable option. 



Solar Panel Efficiency and Average Sunlight are Known Data Points.

Solar Power Improves Profitability without Changing a Business Model

System Payback example for a Solar Project in Washington State

System Payback example for a Solar Project in Washington State

Businesses that use 200,000 kWh+/year, own their own buildings or have a long term lease can realize:

  • Lower and predictable utility operating costs.
  • Business Tax Credit, Accelerated MACRS Depreciation, State and Utility Incentives.

  • Reliable equipment with low maintenance costs.

  • Increased property value.

  • Solar panels demonstrate a commitment to the environment.

Solar power is a distributive power generation technology, distributive power is power generated at the point of consumption making it an excellent technology to reduce utility needs during peak hour electricity consumption.