HB 2405 allows Washington counties to adopt Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy & Resilience (C-PACER) financing for specified upgrades to commercial buildings, including solar panel installations. C-PACER loans are long term loans that are tied to a property's title and can help building owners pay for needed upgrades with utility savings and higher property values. It was signed by the governor on March 18, 2020. Details here. Update April 6, 2020: Gov. Inslee vetoed funding for the bill in a wide range of coronavirus-related budget holdbacks.
Thanks go out to sponsors Representatives Duerr, Barkis, Fitzgibbon, Shewmake, Hoff, Kloba, Corry, Gildon, Ybarra, Jenkin, Pollet, and Doglio. Also offering strong support during the legislative process were the NW Energy Coalition, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, Building Owners & Managers Association and the International Code Council.
HB 2248, the Community Solar Access Act, will spur development of projects designed to renters or other electric utility customers that don't have access to rooftop solar. The act grants particular benefits to projects that benefit low-income households. Details here. Update April 6, 2020: Gov. Inslee vetoed funding for the bill in a wide range of coronavirus-related budget holdbacks.
The applause here goes to prime sponsor Rep. Beth Doglio and Mason Rolph of Olympia Community Solar, who led a team of student advocates from The Evergreen State College that helped shepherd this bill to final passage.
HB 2645 brings important changes to Washington PV module recycling rules. Mandatory manufacturer takeback of retired modules has been delayed for 2.5 years while the WSU Energy Program and a stakeholder group draft a report recommending comprehensive changes. The bill also allow the state to adopt an expected national standard when it is released. Details here. UPDATED April 3, 2020: Gov. Inslee vetoed Sec. 2 of the legislation, which had modest funding to convene a stakeholder group. Return here for further updates. Update April 6, 2020: Gov. Inslee vetoed funding for the bill in a wide range of coronavirus-related budget holdbacks.
Kudos here for prime sponsor Rep. Norma Smith, WSU Extension Energy Program, and Zero Waste Washington.
Hearty thanks to all that made SIW's 2020 legislative efforts a huge success!