The photos above represent installations from current voting members of Solar Installers of Washington.
No Summer Vacation for SIW Board! SIW Eyes 2017 Legislative Session
(6/20/2016)-The end of the 2016 legislative session seems like a long time ago. The SIW membership, allied sectors in the industry, and other supporters put in a tremendous amount of hours and effort to help get legislation passed. Though the outcome was disappointing, the opportunity still exists to lay the groundwork for securing effective legislation that will help the solar industry beyond 2020.
The 2017 legislative session doesn't start for several months, but SIW is working on building up grassroots support this summer and in the lead up to the next session.
SIW will not be spending as much time on the policy and legislative development since the organization had already drafted a bill that gained strong bipartisan support last session. Rather, SIW and its members are focusing on strengthening relationships with key legislators who may prove essential in the effort to get favorable legislation passed next session.
This will involve a focused educational outreach effort connecting these legislators with installers and key customers in their respective districts with the intention of sharing solar's story and the impact solar brings to the community. This will entail everything including face-to-face conversations with solar customers and their legislators, inviting legislators to visit installations, attend ribbon cutting ceremonies (including photo ops) and any other activity, meeting or event that will drive home solar's value to them, their constituents, and their districts. Check back during the ongoing weeks for further developments.
Solar Installers of Washington (SIW) is a professional trade association established in October 2013 to be a unified voice for the common business interests of its members, particularly related to public policy, legislation, and governmental relations. SIW educates legislators and regulators while promoting public understanding about the impacts of policies related to solar energy inside the State of Washington. SIW also represents the interests of Washington-based solar installers in conversations with manufacturers, distributors and allies that routinely interact with its members.
- Be a unified voice for the common business interests of its members;
- Engage in activities to improve or maintain business conditions for its members;
- Serve its members by representing and advocating on their behalf in matters related to public policy, legislation and governmental regulations;
- Be a resource to policy and regulatory officials on matters impacting its members;
- Promote awareness and understanding of the impacts of various policy and regulatory proposals or decisions on the locally-based, locally-incorporated solar and renewable energy installation businesses in the State of Washington;
- Become a recognized 501c6 tax-exempt nonprofit association with the rights afforded to such a business league.
SIW is a virtual organization relying upon the active involvement of its members in conference calls, virtual meetings and timely electronic communication.
SIW has been engaged with the Washington State Building Code Council and representatives from the fire fighting community on state adoption of and revisions to the International Fire Code, International Building Code and International Residential Code applicable to solar installations. Revisions made to the state adopted codes have now been incorporated into the national level codes.
Solar Installers of Washington was founded to serve the specific needs and interests of solar installation contractors based within the state of Washington. Click to find out more about the types of memberships offered by SIW.
Friends of SIW
SIW welcomes contributions from anyone who believes in supporting our mission of representing the interests of Washington-based solar installers. Online contributions are quick and easy using PayPal's secure credit card transaction interface. We welcome contributions of all sizes and can set up a recurring payment. Or, you may make your contribution by mailing a check to Solar Installers of Washington, Attn: Friends of SIW, 18388 Periwinkle Lane, Mount Vernon, WA 98274. Solar Installers of WA is a 501©6 non-profit tax-exempt professional business association promoting the business interests of its members. Donations are not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.