The_Washington_State_Capitolresize.jpgSolar Washington brings you news and updates to bills introduced in Olympia as they pertain to solar and/or energy related policies. The 2017 legislative session begins January 9 and is scheduled to end on or by April 23. During the legislative session, you can use the Legislative Hotline to leave a message for your legislators or the Governor about any piece of legislation by calling 1-800-562-6000 or visit the state legislature website to find and contact your legislators.

Bills Introduced this session with solar implications:



HB 1048 (Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Morris)

Promoting a sustainable, local renewable energy industry through modifying renewable energy system tax incentives and providing guidance for renewable energy system component recycling.

UPDATE: A public hearing took place on January 12. Click to watch.

Comparing the current incentive program to the proposed bill

#SolarStrong, a petition spearheaded by Solar Installers of Washington (SIW), a trade association representing its member installers throughout Washington, has provided a side-by-side comparison of the current program versus the proposed bill draft to begin the 2017 legislative session. Click for details.


HB 1233 (Sponsors: Rep. Jeff Morris, Rep. Gale Tarleton; Rep. Zack Hudgins)

Enabling electric utilities to prepare for the distributed energy future.

UPDATE: Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Technology & Economic Development Jan. 19 at 1:30 PM (Subject to change). Click to watch



SB 5027 (Sponsors: Senators McCoy, Rolfes, Chase, and Keiser); Concerning distributed generation. Read more about and follow the bill's progress. Click to sign up for email updates on 5027.



Key Committees in the House

Key Committees in the Senate


  • Initiative I-937: A clean energy initiative passed by the voters in the November 2006 elections that requires the state’s larger utilities to achieve 15% renewable energy by 2020 and to separately realize cost effective, bill-lowering energy efficiency savings.  This law is referred to as a renewable energy portfolio standard.
  • From Governor Jay Inslee: 2015 Carbon Pollution Reduction Legislative Proposals including Executive Order 14-04.

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