Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State


Solar Washington is a nonprofit organization composed of people, companies, programs and organizations working to advance the solar industry in our state. We are an association of solar energy equipment owners, manufacturers, system integrators, distributors, dealers, designers, installers, consultants, students, teachers, and solar enthusiasts. Through education and networking, we promote the development and effective use of solar and renewable energy with concern for the economic, environmental and social fabric of Washington.

Results of Solar Washington Survey Released

In 2014 Solar Washington collected data from solar installers and manufacturers directly involved in the solar industry in Washington State in order to gain insight into the solar industry's collective impact upon the state economy. Based on data collected reflecting business activity in 2013, the results show that for every one dollar of the Washington State solar incentive redirected to PV system owners, the state sees $2.46 injected back into the local economy. In the case of 2013 installations, $48.2M will be injected in to the economy as a result of the $19.6M that the state will pay out in solar incentives. “Based on the data we’ve gathered, solar incentives in Washington State pay for themselves many times over and are a boon to the state economy," said David Nicol, Board President of Solar Washington.
Here’s how the $48M breaks out as injections into the Washington local economy: 
  • $25.4 million in payroll
  • $21.5 million in equipment purchases from in-state suppliers and vendors
  • $1.3 million in tax revenues to state and local governments (B&O, Sales, Business Permits)

January 2015 General Meeting

Recap: 2014 Year in Review; Looking Ahead to 2015

The January 2015 Solar Washington General Meeting took place January 9 at the Phinney Center in Seattle and featured representatives from utilities and the solar industry who recapped their business activity in 2014 and provided a glimpse of what to expect this year. 2014 saw a busy year as the industry continued to experience strong growth in the number of installations statewide. 2015 will be a pivotal year as the next legislative session gets underway and efforts to address the status of the current incentive framework intensify. We have made the presentations available as a reference for industry personnel, homeowners and all others with an interest in solar. A link to the recording of the entire meeting is also available. We thank those who presented and attended the meeting.

Northwest Solar Communities

Northwest Solar Communities, a team of jurisdictions, utilities, industry partners, and citizen groups facilitated by Northwest SEED, Washington Department of Commerce, Oregon Department of Energy, Solar Oregon and other groups, continues to work to make the process of going solar simple, fast, and cost effective for customers and the jurisdictions and utilities that serve them. NWSC's goal is to reduce the "soft costs" of going solar by standardizing the permitting and interconnection processes, creating business certainty for solar PV deployment across a broad area, facilitating the adoption of solar financing options to make solar energy affordable for all. Solar Washington will continue to provide updates as the group makes further headway. Click here for more info.

Washington Solar Stakeholders Release Recommendations

Under the “Clean Technology” section of Executive Order 14-04 addressing Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action, the Washington State University Extension Energy Program was asked by Governor Jay Inslee to work with appropriate agencies and stakeholders to recommend an approach to significantly expand the use of solar energy in our state while ensuring consumer protection and grid reliability.
WSU convened a stakeholders' group under the direction of WSU Extension Energy Program Director Jake Fey that represented state agencies, utilities, environmental interests, solar manufacturers and installers. All stakeholders were invited to provide insights about promoting solar energy in Washington and inform the process moving forward. The result of this interactive process is a set of recommendations that the WSU Energy Program delivered to the Governor in December 2014.
Click to read the final report with a summary and outcomes of the Solar Stakeholder Process.

Click to view the main webpage from the Solar Stakeholder Process.


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Updates from Olympia

Solar Washington will bring you information from the current legislative session in Olympia including information about public hearings, bills and other news. Click for details.


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