Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State


Solar Washington is a 501c3 nonprofit organization promoting the development and effective use of solar and renewable energy with concern for the economic, environmental and social fabric of Washington. Support solar in Washington by becoming a member today. Click to join the effort! Do you have a question about solar? Click here to ask us!



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Save the date! Solar Washington's May 2016 General Meeting

Save the date for Solar Washington's next General Meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4 from 6-8pm in the Community Hall at the Phinney Center in Seattle. Click for directions.

May 2016 Meeting Topics  & Speakers

Post 2016 Legislative Session Discussion

Jeremy Smithson, Policy Director of Solar Installers of Washington; Founder of Puget Sound Solar


Bruce Speight, Executive Director of WashPIRG and WashPIRG Foundation. More info about Bruce

Presentations on next generation materials and systems for solar energy capture

Dane deQuilettes, Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Washington's Clean Energy Institute

Summary: Perovskite based photovoltaics have taken the solar energy research field by storm with the material's promise to provide one the lowest levelized costs of electricity to date. But amidst all the excitement, this potentially revolutionary material is still poorly understood and large-scale deployment will require complete control over the material's properties. Here, I will highlight the significant strides made in the research field to take perovskites closer to commercialization as well as the current limitations that still need to be overcome. More info about Dane


Zhaoxia Qian, Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Clean Energy, Ginger Research Lab and Masiello Group, University of Washington's Clean Energy Institute

SummaryThe last decade has seen tremendous progress in synthesizing and fabricating nanomaterials with precise control over their sizes, shapes, morphologies and chemical compositions. While these nanomaterials has exhibited promising applications in sensing, catalysis and biomedicine, to name a few, I will highlight how to use these emerging nanomaterials for solar energy harvesting and conversion into chemical energy. More info about Zhaoxia.

Speakers subject to change.
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please join in remotely using the following: Or, you can also dial in by calling (408) 650-3123, Access Code: 961-601-269 

About Solar Washington's General Meetings

Solar Washington presents its General Meetings as an informative forum for industry personnel, homeowners and solar enthusiasts. 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. Open to all solar enthusiasts though donations of $5 or other amounts from non-Solar Washington members and sponsors are welcome to offset the costs of holding the meeting. Thanks to Solar Washington's members and sponsors for making our General Meetings possible. If you or your company are not a member or sponsor of Solar Washington, become one today. Click to become a member or sponsor. If you wish to share your comments about our meetings or have an idea for a presentation, please email
Thanks to Solar Washington's members and sponsors for making our bi-monthly General Meetings possible. 

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. This meeting has led to a formal work group which has met over the past several months following the Solar Summit. In an effort to further its mission as an educational resource for homeowners and industry personnel alike (as well as participate in work groups as a part of the Northwest Solar Communities project) Solar Washington board members Dave Watterson and Dean Van Vleet have joined in subsequent meetings and discussions with this group.
This first meeting was held on October 21, 2015 at the WPUDA headquarters and attended by over 30 people representing key individuals from utilities, energy policy officials, solar installers, equipment manufacturers, and environmental advocacy groups. During this meeting goals were laid out to convene a forum outside the legislative or regulatory process for educating and informing policymakers on the distribution system, identifying emerging innovation/technologies, and studying customer choice and potential participation in operation of the distribution system. The costs, benefits and value to all stakeholders by participating in this group has been considered a worthwhile time investment.

Women in Solar Energy Meets in Seattle

On the evening of February 23, 2015, DLR Group (an architecture firm) hosted more than 60 women and men to the second annual Women in Solar Energy gathering. It was part of a 17 city simultaneous event crafted to raise the visibility of women, promote their key roles in their companies or agencies, network and learn from each other.

Women represented a wide variety of fields within the industry including architecture, research, chemical and electrical engineering, construction, public policy, science and math education, communications, as well as solar system design and installation. They work on projects that range in size from global to local.

A panel of five speakers shared their advice and thoughts. They included Women in Solar Panel Louise Petruzella, Shoreline Community College; Wendy Wenrick, A&R Solar; Diana Brown, DLR Goup; Dr. Christine Luscombe, University of Washington; moderated by Renee Gastineau, Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington.

Included on the panel was Bobi Garrett, Deputy Laboratory Director at National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Colorado. NREL is dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Before joining NREL, Garrett lead energy research projects at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington.

50 States of Solar Report Released

The purpose of this report (released February 2016) is to provide state lawmakers and regulators, electric utilities, the solar industry, and other energy stakeholders with timely, accurate, and unbiased updates on how states are choosing to study, adopt, implement, amend, or discontinue policies associated with distributed solar photovoltaics (PV). This report catalogues proposed and enacted legislative,regulatory policy,and rate design changes affecting the value proposition of distributed solar PV during the most recent quarter,with an emphasis on the residential sector.The 50 States of Solar provides regular quarterly updates of solar policy developments, keeping stakeholders informed and up to date on a timely basis. This special year-end version of the report also highlights the key trends and major actions of the 2015 calendar year, providing insights and analysis on the solar policy environment.

March 2016 General Meeting

The March 2016 SW General Meeting took place Wednesday, March 2 in Seattle. Included was an information sharing session involving jurisdiction professionals and others who spoke about recent code improvements (zoning and planning) with respect to solar and opportunities thereof.
Appearing were the following:
  • Duane Jonlin (pictured right), FAIA, the "Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor" for Seattle's Department of Construction and Inspections, who also chairs the energy code Technical Advisory Group for the State Building Code Council. Click to view presentation. (PPT)
  • Rob Chave, Planning Manager, City of Edmonds. Click to view presentation. (PPT)
  • Christopher Chase, homeowner and builder with knowledge in the area of passive solar, home energy efficiency
An update on HB2346 which seeks to reform the current production incentive program was given by Jeremy Smithson, Legislative and Policy Director of Solar Installers of Washington and Joni Bosh, Senior Policy Associate, Northwest Energy Coalition.

Advanced giving for GiveBig 2016 Day is now available!

You can now make a gift to Solar Washington between now and May 3rd (GiveBig 2016 Day!) and support our efforts to promote the benefits and adoption of solar in Washington. Thank you!

Click to make your gift to Solar Washington.

Utilities & Municipalities

Solar Washington has provided a comprehensive list of utilities and municipalities in Washington state with links to relevant information concerning each utility's net metering and interconnection processes and more. Click for the list.

Click the "Donate Now" button to make a tax-deductible gift today to Solar Washington. Your donation supports Solar Washington's operations and programs. Thank you!

The 2015 Washington State Solar Summit was held October 9 & 10, 2015 at Shoreline Community College and was presented by Solar Washington. The Solar Summit was an annual gathering of solar industry stakeholders including installers, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, nonprofits, legislators and others discussing important issues and opportunities for the solar industry in Washington.

Click to for the agenda and more information.