Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State



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.

Solar Washington General Meeting September 3

Topic: Policy Updates for Solar Stakeholders in Washington
Join us at Solar Washington's upcoming General Meeting on Wednesday, September 3 which will feature WSU Energy Extension Program Director & Washington State Representative Jake Fey who will provide an overview and update of the stakeholder process as ordered by Governor Inslee's Executive Order to "significantly expand the use of solar energy in Washington State". Read more about the Washington Solar Stakeholder Process as well as Gov. Inslee's Executive Order 14-04 addressing Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action.
Also scheduled to speak:
Jeremy Smithson will provide an update from the Solar Installers of Washington (SIW), a trade association representing the interests of Washington-based solar installers.
Solar Washington General Meeting; Wednesday, September 3 from 6-8pm
Community Hall at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
The Community Hall is located in the Phinney Center’s Brick Building. Enter the LOWER Parking Lot from N 67th (between Phinney and Dayton Avenues). Enter the building through the central doors and walk down one flight of stairs to the Hall entrance on your left.
For those of you who cannot make it in person, listen in remotely! Here are instructions:
September Meeting - Policy & Stakeholder Updates
2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 681-324-805
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID:681-324-805
Solar Washington's General Meetings are free and open to all with an interest in solar energy. Support Solar Washington's outreach and educational efforts by clicking here to become a member or sponsor today.


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.

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