The photos above represent installations from current voting members of Solar Installers of Washington, Inc. Click to view SIW's current membership.
Washington solar industry remains strong despite imposition of import tariffs
Jan. 23, 2018 - Washington’s solar industry remains strong in the face of the U.S. president's announcement this week to impose tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. Our state benefits from a diversified and integrated solar industry that provides jobs in installation, manufacturing, distribution, engineering, marketing, sales, finance, software development, consulting, and education. Such economic diversity provides resilience from potential market disturbance from external forces.
Here in Washington we are making big progress toward our clean-energy future. Solar Installers of Washington works actively to keep solar affordable for Washingtonians by advocating for the protection and improvement of state policies like solar production incentives and net energy metering. Our state’s solar industry is positioned for continued growth, enabled by pro-solar state and local policies, and the ongoing reduction in the non-equipment costs of solar installations, such as cost savings from more efficient permitting processes. Solar workers, businesses, customers, lawmakers, and supporters from around our state and across the political spectrum make Washington Solar Strong.
Right now in Olympia, Legislators have the chance to support the Solar Fairness Act. Future Washington solar owners deserve to own their power: the Solar Fairness Act ensures their right to use the solar electricity they generate at their homes and businesses.
The Solar Fairness Act is an important way for the people of Washington to take ownership of our clean-energy future. Learn more about the Solar Fairness Act at http://solarstrongwa.org/solar-fairness-act-sb6081/.
Solar Installers of Washington, Inc. (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.
SIW was formed to:
- 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, Inc. 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, Inc., Attn: Friends of SIW, 18388 Periwinkle Lane, Mount Vernon, WA 98274. Solar Installers of Washington, Inc. 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.