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.

DOE Releases 2014 Solar Energy Statistics

The U.S. Department of Energy has released information depicting a growing deployment of solar, its falling costs, and its economic benefit in a series of bullet points released this Fall. Highlighted is the increase in the number of solar jobs created nationwide, the growth in the number of projects and average decrease in the cost of panels. This report is based on nationwide figures. 

Click for view statistics provided by the DOE.

Solar Washington Presents Solar 101 at Highline Community College

Solar Washington travelled down to Highline Community College in Des Moines, WA on Thursday, October 6 to deliver a Solar 101 presentation as part of Highline's Green Week which took place November 3-7.  

Green Week featured presentations from Solar Washington as well as other groups advocating sustainability and environmental causes. Green Week was presented by Woody Moses, Biology and Environmental Science Instructor, and the Sustainability Task Force (STF), a group of faculty and staff dedicated to developing a strategy for a culture of sustainability at Highline College.

Solar Washington's presentation covered the basics of solar energy including the principals behind converting the sun's rays to electricity, various types of solar applications focusing mainly on photovoltaics, costs and incentives and more.

Contact us if you would like us to present a Solar 101 in your area.

Pictured above is Solar Washington President David Nicol.

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 met on October 3, 2014 in Olympia 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 November 2014.
 
 
Update from November 12 Program Design meeting
 
The next Program Design and Utility workgroups meetings will be held November 24. 
 
The next meeting with entire group will be held December 1 at the Utilities & Transportation Building in Olympia. 

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We're the Washington chapter of the American Solar Energy Society

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