Solar Washington at the 2017 YMCA Environmental Symposium

EnvSymposium1.jpgSolar Washington Board Member (and CEO of Pure Solar) Rich Phillips (pictured left) and SW Executive Director Patrick Nugent gave a presentation on solar on Friday, March 24 on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle in front of 30 Puget Sound area students at the YMCA's annual Environmental Symposium presented by YMCA's Earth Service Corps. Click to learn more about the Earth Services Corps.

Solar Washington's presentation covered the various uses of solar (including solar PV and passive), how solar works, why solar is important from environmental and economic perspectives, as well as career opportunities in solar. Students asked a range of questions and were presented with hands-on items including solar PV wafers that are incorporated into panels, a solar PV panel itself, and more

The Environmental Symposium began in 1989 at the request of local high school students and teachers who had a desire to learn more about our community’s environmental issues. Since that time the Symposium has been held each year as a workshop based event that engages over 150 students in environmental education and empowers young people to return to their schools and address environmental issues through meaningful service. Other workshop have included Pacific Northwest ecology, Puget Sound water quality, urban birding, waste reduction, habitat restoration, environmental & social justice, green architecture, outdoor skills, climate change, youth advocacy, wildlife, urban gardening and more.

Solar Washington's mission is to advance solar in Washington through educational efforts. Contact us at if your school or group wishes to learn more about solar.

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Report from the Fall 2016 Northwest Clean & Affordable Energy Conference

The Northwest Energy Coalition and the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association hosted the Fall 2016 Northwest Clean & Affordable Energy Conference November 17 & 18 in Portland, Oregon. The roughly 200 conference attendees heard from leaders in the policy, utility, renewable energy, energy efficiency, fish and wildlife, and business sectors. They discussed challenges and opportunities in transitioning to the low-carbon grid, next-generation energy efficiency, building the market for clean energy investments, and salmon recovery in the Columbia River basin. Economic and policy opportunities for expanding solar in the Northwest were also highlighted.

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WA Dept of Commerce Awarded DoE Grant

The Energy Department announced $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce the "soft costs" commonly found with solar energy, such as installation, permitting, and connecting to the grid. As more U.S. consumers turn toward renewable energy each year, nine of the awards will focus on how the solar industry can sustain and accelerate this growth by understanding the motivations and factors that influence the technology adoption process, particularly in low- and moderate-income communities. The other eight awards will focus on tackling solar market challenges at the state and regional levels through better strategic energy and economic planning.

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SnoPUD's "Planet Power" funds two new solar installations for 2016

Everett, WA — Several thousand Snohomish County PUD customers are supporting solar energy by participating in the utility’s voluntary Planet Power green energy program. The PUD will fund two additional projects for installation in the coming months. With the new systems, the program now has helped fund 34 solar arrays throughout Snohomish County. This is the eighth year of grants under the program. Click to read more.

Solar Washington Speaks at Climate Careers Panel

On Tuesday, August 22 Solar Washington Board President David Nicol served on a Climate Careers Panel for teens led by the Seattle Youth Climate Action Network in partnership with the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium and Pacific Science Center. Nicol spoke to a group of approximately 50 high school students who were there to learn about careers in the renewable energy field and other science fields related to climate change.

The goal of this event was to expose participating teens to a range of career paths and fields that connect to studying and fighting climate change. The Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (CAN) empowers teens to address climate change in their communities through education, leadership, and action. The event was co-hosted by UW College of the Environment. Click to read panel bios.

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Solar Washington May 2016 General Meeting Review

The May 2016 SW General Meeting took place Wednesday, May 4 in Seattle. The May General Meeting featured two topics: 

  • Post 2016 Legislative Session Discussion, and
  • Next Generation Materials and Systems for Solar Energy Capture.
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Solar Washington participates in discussions concerning the future of net metering, third party ownership, and rate design

March 29, 2016 - During the 2015 Washington State Solar Summit presented by Solar Washington a panel of stakeholders discussed the future of net metering, third party ownership, and rate design. At the end of the Summit an impromptu meeting initiated by Dave Warren, Energy Services Director of the Washington Public Utilities Association (WPUDA) along with various stakeholders, was created for the purpose of staying on top of these issues.

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