Solar is great for Washington homeowners and businesses, but our state's solar policy is in danger unless we pass HB 1048 / SB 5499 this year. Speak up to Keep WA #SolarStrong!
In 2006, Washington created the Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program to help build a local solar manufacturing sector and to enable residents to put solar power to work on homes, commercial buildings, and community facilities. The program has been enormously successful:
In 2016, the legislature failed to renew the solar program, and now clean energy is in danger without your support. It’s time to update Washington’s solar policy by passing the Solar Jobs Bill: HB 1048/SB 5499. To protect the positive benefits of this program and to continue our state’s progress deploying clean and renewable energy, HB 1048 / SB 5499 make the following updates to our state’s solar incentive program:
Reduce the per-kilowatt-hour incentive rate to reflect the lower costs of solar systems, while maintaining an in-state manufacturing incentive.
Less cost per-kilowatt-hour means fewer state dollars can be used to install even more solar over time. As the cost of installing solar continues to decline, support from state incentives will also decline.
Eliminating the sales tax exemption for solar systems in the current program will help increase revenue to the state from new solar installations.
Solar installations could be a major source of new revenue for the state and local governments while helping the program pay for itself.
Increase the per-utility incentive cap from 0.5% to 2.0% of their taxable revenue to allow continued solar deployment in early adoption utilities.
Expanding the program will enable thousands of solar-ready Washingtonians to participate in this program.
Allow customers who seek solar energy for their home or business to receive eight years of incentive payments at the same rate at which they enter the program.
Increased certainty creates a more stable environment for growing the solar industry.
Customers already enrolled in the solar program will maintain their existing incentive rates until 2020.
Locking in today’s incentive rates for current solar owners follows through on the original program designed for Washington’s solar pioneers.
Help keep Washington #SolarStrong by signing this petition by the Solar Installers of Washington!
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