Substitute House Bill 1912 has made it out of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee and has been introduced in the Finance Committee.
If you are a constituent in a district with a representative on the Finance Committee, we encourage you to contact your legislator right away to remind them that you support solar. Links to each Finance Committee member and corresponding district below.
Feel free to use the following letter in your email or call to your rep. Thank you!
"Dear (your representative),
I am in support of SHB 1912; this bill will expand solar energy installations while reducing the annual cost to the state by:
Please vote YES on 1912"
List of representatives on the Finance Committee:
Reuven Carlyle, Chair, 36th district (Seattle-Magnolia, Queen Anne, Ballard, etc.; map of district)
Steve Tharinger, Vice Chair, 24th district (Olympia Peninsula-Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Aberdeen, etc.; map of district)
Terry Nealy, Ranking Minority, 16th district (South Central WA-Prosser, Walla Walla, etc.; map of district)
Ed Orcutt, Asst Ranking Min., 20th district (South I-5 corridor-Centralia, Chehalis, etc.; map of district)
Cary Condotta, 12th district (North Central WA-Wenatchee, Twisp, Chelan, etc.; map of district)
Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th district (West Seattle, Vashon Island, etc.; map of district)
Matt Manweller, 13th district (Central Washington-Ellensburg, Moses Lake, etc.; map of district)
Gerry Pollet, 46th district (North/Northeast Seattle, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, etc.; map of district)
Chris Reykdal, 22th district (Thurston County-Olympia, Lacey, etc.; map of district)
June Robinson, 38th district (Western Snohomish-Everett, Marysville, etc.; map of district)
Cindy Ryu, 32th district (North Seattle suburbs-Shoreline, Lynnwood, etc.; map of district)
Larry Springer, 45th district (East King County-Kirkland, Woodinville, Duvall, etc.; map of district)
Drew Stokesbary, 31th district (East Pierce County-Buckley, Enumclaw, etc.; map of district)
Brandon Vick, 18th district (area surrounding Vancouver, WA-Battle Ground, Camas, etc.; map of district)
J.T. Wilcox, 2nd district (Pierce & Thurston Counties-Yelm, Eatonville, etc.; map of district)
Sharon Wylie, 49th district (Vancouver, WA and surrounding area; map of district)
The Washington State Legislature is reviewing the final details of a solar bill (PSHB 1912) which amends the current solar incentive program with the goal of keeping solar affordable for Washingtonians.
The new program would help more people afford solar in the following ways:
Solar Installers of Washington has been and continues to be engaged with Olympia in this effort to ensure a healthy solar landscape in Washington.
The following is a letter published recently from Washington State Representative Cindy Ryu (D-32) addressing citizen concerns and questions in response to campaigns voicing opposition to this legislation. Reprinted with permission.
Thank you for contacting me about HB 1912, an act relating to distributed generation.
Many of you have voiced your concern and your opposition to this bill. For this reason, I am taking the opportunity to clarify any misinformation you may have received.
This bill is about Washington State providing consumer protection to our citizens while increasing the uptake of solar energy in our state. There has been misinformation about the bills direction to end net metering. HB 1912 does not change the net metering law as it exists today. The bill does look at revising the existing solar program available to Washington state citizens in a manner that would result in increasing the clean energy options for our state. In addition, the bill allows options for individuals to find and secure financing for solar systems but does so without sacrificing consumer protection. Yes, solar is an important and growing renewable energy source for Washingtonians but achieving the individual goal of solar power should not be at the expense of consumer protection.
SolarCity has contacted many of you and provided misinformation. This syndicate is a large California Corporation that is using its massive resources against the best interests of our State. SolarCity and its syndicate of companies have become so afraid of basic consumer protection they have chosen to run a campaign of disinformation about HB 1912. I urge you to do a news search yourself on SolarCity Business Practices.
The green leaning podcast called the Energy Gang has had several sessions on solar. This one in particular shares some perspective on consumer issues around leasing.
Also if you think solar installers based in Washington State are a credible source, please check out their thoughts on a previous version of HB 1912. Here's an additional opinion.
Thank you for contacting me on this important issue. I will always do my best to protect the interests and the values of our district's citizens.
The Washington State Legislature will be voting on the state’s upcoming budget any day now, which will have implications on the future of the solar industry in our state. Solar Installers of Washington continues to work with key legislators in the budget process and now it's time they hear from YOU! This is your opportunity to make a difference and tell your elected officials that you support solar in Washington State, and that you want them to do the same.
In less than a decade, the cost of going solar has dropped dramatically, resulting in hundreds of thousands of new jobs and tens of gigawatts of solar power across the country. In Washington, we have seen our industry grow from just a handful of start-ups to dozens of thriving, family wage-paying businesses. This growth would not have been possible without state subsidies for solar, which are now ready to be revamped to better reflect today's lower prices.
The latest draft of SHB 1912 would lower the amount of subsidy given to each solar system, and in turn significantly increase the amount of solar installed per state dollar. In other words, the state would get a bigger solar bang for its solar buck. At the same time, the new program would increase the availability of solar to more people, including low income individuals and businesses who lease their buildings. Again, more solar for more people for a lower cost.
As an industry that plans to be around for a long time, we believe solar will need to stand on its own without subsidies. Approving this program is the next step in gaining that independence. We all want clean, renewable energy and stable, good paying jobs in Washington. And solar energy is our best bet for achieving those goals.
Please contact your legislator today to show your support for solar in Washington. You may download the attached Solar Support Letter and email to your representative. Feel free to distribute a variation of your own letter as well. Please share with other solar supporters. Thank you!
Click to find your representative.
The Washington State Legislature currently is in special session working on the state’s upcoming budget which could have implications on the future of the solar industry in our state. Solar Installers of Washington continues to work with key legislators in the budget process who need to know about the solar industry’s benefit to the state economy.
Please contact your legislator today (or one of the following legislators if you reside in one of their districts) to show your support for solar. You may download a Solar Support Letter and email to your representative. Feel free to distribute a variation of your own letter as well. Please share with other solar supporters. Thank you!
Senator Andy Hill
(45th district including East King County, Redmond, Sammamish, Woodinville, Kirkland, and Duvall); District Map
Rep. Ross Hunter
(48th district including Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland); District Map
Rep. Reuven Carlyle
(36th district including Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Anne-Seattle); District Map
Or visit the Washington State Legislature website to find your legislator.