Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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Solar Washington is a 501c3 nonprofit organization promoting the development and effective use of solar and renewable energy with concern for the economic, environmental and social fabric of Washington. Support solar in Washington by becoming a member today. Click to join the effort! Do you have a question about solar? Click here to ask us!

 

 

House Bill 2346 Seeks to Reform Current Incentive Structure

HB 2346 - promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling - is under consideration this legislative session. The bill aims to revise the rate structure, among other things, that allows for payments to homeowners and businesses for producing electricity from renewable energy sources including solar and wind. 

Snohomish PUD Awards Mini-Grants for Energy Projects at Schools

Everett, Wash. — Budding young scientists and engineers will get a boost this year with help from Snohomish County PUD. Local students will soon be assembling Snap Circuits and racing solar cars. They’ll learn about energy transformations and water turbines. The PUD recently awarded 13 mini-grants for science-related educational projects in several local school districts. The grants help schools incorporate energy and water education into their curriculum.

Solar Washington January 2016 General Meeting

Solar Washington's January General Meeting took place Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in the Community Hall at the Phinney Center in Seattle.

Representatives from Seattle City Light, Snohomish PUD, and Puget Sound Energy discussed their solar-related numbers and activities in 2015 and gave a preview into 2016. Also, panel manufacturer itek Energy gave a presentation on their recent production capacity and forecasts for 2016.

Jaimes Valdez, Policy Manager for Northwest SEED, discussed current bills being considered this legislative session followed by a brief recap of SIW's activities from Jeremy Smithson.

Click to access the presentation files from the speakers as as well as an audio archive from the meeting.

Solar Washington also welcomed Britton Rife, Joan Schrammeck and Eugene Wilkie as new members of the board of directors. David Nicol, Bob Ransom and Dean Van Vleet return for another two year term. We would like to thank departing members Josh Miller, Linda Irvine and Wendy Wenrick for their time and service to Solar Washington.

Solar Washington presents its General Meetings as an informative forum for industry personnel, homeowners and solar enthusiasts. Our meetings present an excellent opportunity to network with industry representatives as well as learn about current products, services and issues surrounding the solar industry in Washington State. Open to all solar enthusiasts though donations of $5 or other amounts from non-Solar Washington members and sponsors are welcome to offset the costs of holding the meeting. Thanks to Solar Washington's members and sponsors for making our General Meetings possible. If you or your company are not a member or sponsor of Solar Washington, become one today. Click to become a member or sponsor. Or, you may make a general donation to Solar Washington which also supports our operations and programming. Clck to make a tax-deductible donation.
 
Top photo: Jake Wade from PSE; Bottom photos (from left):  Leslie Moynihan from SnoPUD, Dana Hickenbottom from itek Energy, and Jack Newman from Seattle City Light.

Solar Washington brings you updates from the current  2016 legislative session in Olympia including information about public hearings, bills and other news related to solar. This session kicked off on January 11, 2016. Click for updates.

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The 2015 Washington State Solar Summit was held October 9 & 10, 2015 at Shoreline Community College and was presented by Solar Washington. The Solar Summit was an annual gathering of solar industry stakeholders including installers, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, nonprofits, legislators and others discussing important issues and opportunities for the solar industry in Washington.

Click to for the agenda and more information.