Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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Welcome

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.

Project of the Month - August 2014

The Little Brown Church

 

The Little Brown Church nestled between Maxwelton and French roads on Whidbey Island, improved their sunny disposition. Last year, a 9.36kW photovoltaic system consisting of 39 locally manufactured, Itek Energy panels and battery backup system manufactured by Outback Power were installed on the church by Western Solar Inc.

The customer, Mills, purchased the local landmark in 2008 with a vision for it to be a place of refuge for the community during powerful storms and emergencies. Somewhere neighbors could gather to charge electronics, warm up, refrigerate medication and even access Wi-Fi.

Established in 1910 with the help of Mills’ grandparents, the Little Brown Church was a longtime community fixture in Clinton. When the church went up for sale, Mills purchased the landmark with plans to revive the community center that his grandparents helped build.

Washington electric companies surpass conservation targets; on track to meet 2014 renewable energy targets

From Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission Press Release
 
July 31, 2014 – (Olympia, WA) – The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) found all three of the state’s investor-owned electric companies are in compliance with state conservation and renewable energy requirements.
 
The Energy Independence Act (EIA) requires qualifying electric utilities to obtain a certain percentage of their electricity from eligible renewable resources, including wind, solar and hydro power.
 

State Building Council Approves Change in State Law Allowing Simple PV Installs Without Need for Engineer Approval Review

July 2014-(OLYMPIA, WA) – The Washington State Building Code Council unanimously approved a change in state law that allows installation of simple rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems without review by an engineer.
 
This change removes an estimated $500 to $2,500 in project costs and up to eight weeks of wait time for homeowners without compromising structural safety, according to Tim Stearns, senior energy policy specialist at the State Energy Office in the Department of Commerce.
 

July 2014 Gen'l Meeting

The July 2 Solar Washington General Meeting was held at the Phinney Center's Community Hall and opened the floor to guests who were invited to speak on any topic relating to solar.

Dubbed "2 Cents in 3 Minutes" the meeting featured a variety of topics from homeowners, business owners, and others currently and formerly in the industry. 

Upcoming Events

08/25/2014 - 8:00am to 08/26/2014 - 5:00pm
09/06/2014 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
09/06/2014 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

 

 
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