Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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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.

Next Solar Washington General Meeting: January 7, 2015

Mark Your Calendars for Solar Washington's next General Meeting slated for Wednesday, January 7 in the Community Hall at the Phinney Center in Seattle from 6-8pm. The January meeting will be a 2014 Year in Review/2015 Preview featuring reports from industry representatives including utilities, installers, manufacturers and more. Scheduled to speak include representatives from Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish PUD, itek Energy, Washington State Energy Extension and Solar Installers of Washington. Click for directions.

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. Free and open to all solar enthusiasts

State grants awarded for energy efficiency and solar projects

(from Press Release); The Washington State Department of Commerce in December announced more than $8.6 million in the second round of energy efficiency and solar grants to help five higher education institutions, 21 local governments and two state agencies lower energy costs.
 
Construction spending on these projects will help fund an estimated 290 jobs. The total cost for all the projects is about $30.5 million, including more than $21.8 million in non-state funds. Click to read the full release.

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 Updates

Representatives from various sectors of the solar industry have been meeting this year to discuss and track progress concerning the state and future of solar as it relates to Governor Inslee's Executive Order 14-04 (Washington Carbon Pollution and Reduction and Clean Energy Action). WSU Energy Program Director, Jake Fey, has led the process of convening stakeholders to generate discussion and gather input about existing and potential solar incentives and market structures in the state.
 
Stakeholders include solar installers, equipment manufacturers, utilities, customers, and advocacy groups. Feedback from the stakeholders is being assembled, and working groups are being assigned around specific topics. These workgroups will inform the recommendations that will be delivered to Governor Inslee in December 2014. Click to view the main webpage from the Solar Stakeholder Process.
 
The entire group met December 8 at the Utilities & Transportation Building in Olympia to discuss recommendations that will be presented to Governor Inslee this month (December).
 
Files from the December 8 meeting:
 

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