Advancing solar in Washington!


Solar Washington is the nonprofit organization connecting you with “all things solar” in Washington. We present and partner with other organizations to hold events and our General Meetings,  present the annual Washington State Solar Summit, host Solar 101 workshops, and provide other educational resources for Washingtonians with an interest in solar. Whether you are considering solar for your home or business, seeking a career in solar, or wanting to learn about legislation in Olympia, Solar Washington provides helpful information to help you navigate the solar energy landscape in Washington State. 

How you can support our educational activities

We rely on the financial contributions from individuals and companies to help support our efforts. Click here to choose how you would like to support us. Thank you!

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  • Upcoming events

    Thursday, March 04, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Online

    March 2021 Solar Washington Presentation: Homeowners Associations and Solar PV Installations

    ASWPresentationLogo1.jpgJoin Solar Washington in this presentation scheduled for Thursday, March 4 at 12:00 noon (Pacific) and titled, Homeowners Associations and Solar PV Installations. Solar Washington welcomes back Kathleen Kapla, principal of Kapla Law PLLC, who will address laws, guidance, and model resolutions for HOAs in Washington. Kathleen returns from her March 2015 presentation for Solar Washington to provide a refresher and any updates that have occurred in this area since then.

    About the speaker: Kathleen Kapla

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    Kathleen Kapla has assisted owners, operators, and financing parties in connection with renewable energy project development and related transactions since 2005. As the principal of Kapla Law PLLC, Ms. Kapla’s practice focuses real estate, title, project development agreements, and transactions related to the development, acquisition, and sale of wind, solar, and other renewable energy projects. From 2004 until 2010, she was an associate at the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP where she was active in the firm’s Renewable Energy, Solar, and Wind initiatives. Ms. Kapla is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations, and is a cum laude graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Law.

    Details & Resources

    Presentation area of concentration: Consumer Education, Engagement & Protection

    Suggested audience for this presentation: This presentation is free and open to the public and will appeal to homeowners (especially those living with an HOA), property management representatives, and others with a special interest in this topic.

    How to attend? This presentation will last up to one hour, will take place online and is free to the public, but has a limited capacity. Those interested in attending must register by clicking the link below. Those who RSVP will receive a link prior to the presentation to view or listen in. 

    Additional resources: Click to review slides from the presentation provided by Kathleen for Solar Washington back in March 2015. (PDF file)  

    Please support Solar Washington!

    SW_at_Wild_Horse.jpgSupport from individuals and businesses allow our non-profit organization to keep offering presentations like these that make an impact upon the general public as well as the industry. Here are a couple of ways you can support our educational efforts. Thank you!

    Thank you to our current annual company sponsors and members for their support! Time and other details subject to change. 

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    Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Online

    March 2021 Solar Washington Presentation: Explaining the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resilience (C-PACER) Program

    ASWPresentationLogo1.jpgJoin Solar Washington in this presentation scheduled for Thursday, March 18 at 12:00 noon (Pacific) and titled, Explaining the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resilience (C-PACER) Program. Justifying the up-front cost of a new solar install is often difficult. Fortunately, the state of Washington has now enabled a new form of financing that allows commercial property owners to spread the cost over a long time horizon, effectively letting the energy savings service the expense. Known as Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resilience (C-PACER), this financing may be the difference between a solar dream and panels on the roof of your business.

    About the speaker: Erik Makinson

    Erik_Makinson_2015_Picture_Close100.jpgErik Makinson is the founder and owner of Resource Synergy, a Washington-based sustainability consultancy and project developer. For the last 13 years, he has helped organizations ranging from small local businesses to the world’s largest corporations realize financial and environmental savings through sustainability programs. His company excels at developing programs that reduce energy and water consumption, and waste generation without requiring clients to invest up-front capital. Erik has spoken at conferences or has written articles for numerous organizations including the National Restaurant Association, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, GreenBiz, Environmental Leader, and the California Resource Recovery Association. He holds a BA in Business Administration/ Marketing from Seattle University, a Certificate of Sustainable Business from Presidio University, Resource Recovery Manager Certification from the California Resource Recovery Association and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation from the American Association of Energy Engineers.

    Details & Resources

    Presentation area of concentration: Consumer Education, Engagement & Protection

    Suggested audience for this presentation: This presentation is free and open to the public and will appeal to commercial property owners, installers, and others with a special interest in this topic.

    How to attend? This presentation will last up to one hour, will take place online and is free to the public, but has a limited capacity. Those interested in attending must register by clicking the link below. Those who RSVP will receive a link prior to the presentation to view or listen in. 

    Additional resources: Link to HB 2405 - 2019-20 Concerning commercial property assessed clean energy and resilience, which passed the state legislature in 2020 and signed by the Governor. 

    Please support Solar Washington!

    SW_at_Wild_Horse.jpgSupport from individuals and businesses allow our non-profit organization to keep offering presentations like these that make an impact upon the general public as well as the industry. Here are a couple of ways you can support our educational efforts. Thank you!

    Thank you to our current annual company sponsors and members for their support! Time and other details subject to change. 

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