Renewable Energy

The Economics of Solar Power in Chelan County

Interested in installing solar at your home? There are many great reasons to add a solar system, but Chelan PUD's ultra-low electric rates mean that a financial return on your investment isn't one of them.

Check out the economic details in our short explainer below or estimate your solar power producing potential with our new home solar evaluator.

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SNAP: The Sustainable Natural Alternative Power Program

Please contact Jim White prior to installing your solar panels for details.

Sustainable Natural Alternative Power (SNAP) is the name of Chelan County PUD’s award-winning renewable energy program.  Started in 2001, the SNAP program is designed to help make small-scale solar and wind power more cost-effective for customers. The program connects customers who want to produce solar and wind power with other local customers who want to support the development of new, renewable energy.

Under the program, customers voluntarily pay a little extra on their utility bills. The PUD collects these customer donations and distributes them once a year to our SNAP producers -- individuals, schools and nonprofit agencies that are generating solar and wind power. SNAP renewable energy either is consumed by the producer through net metering, or goes into the PUD’s electrical grid and is distributed to PUD customers. Become a SNAP producer.

Customers who support SNAP are helping build a base of renewable energy in Chelan County. They’re helping diversify our energy resources as well as our economy. Become a SNAP supporter. 

Customers who produce energy for SNAP are helping grow a new, renewable resource to complement our abundant hydropower. Please contact us if you're interested in becoming a local power producer.

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Let's chat about your solar and renewable power options. Contact Jim White, senior energy efficiency engineer, at or (509) 661-4829.


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