State Legislature in Special Session as of 4/24; Solar Jobs Bills still very much alive in their respective committees
Solar Jobs Senate Companion Bill in Senate EET Committee
SB 5499, sponsored by Senator Guy Palumbo of the 1st legislative district (Bothell, Mountlake Terrace), is the companion bill to Substitute House Bill 1048 (see below) which also seeks to revise the current production incentive program. Click for more information on SB 5499.
The Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Ericksen of the 42nd district (Whatcom County), held a public hearing on Thursday, April 6. Click to watch the archived broadcast.
Solar Jobs House Bill SHB 1048 in House Finance Committee
A substitute version of 1048 passed the House Technology & Economic Development Committee in March 2017 by a 14-2 margin. SHB 1048 is designed to reform the current production incentive program and provide more certainty for the Washington solar industry and consumers, alike, while supporting a strong and growing jobs sector in our state. View a 2017 solar bill overview. (PDF file). The bill now resides in the Finance Committee where a public hearing took place Friday, March 10. Watch an archived broadcast of the hearing on TVW.