Washington Needs New Solar Policy!

Clean energy requires legislative support just as much as private investment.

Olympia Community Solar is committed to advancing legislation that makes Solar more accessible to renters, low-income households, and many other unorthodox applications.

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Current & Previous Legislation

Learn about the solar-related bills that Olympia Community Solar supports and has supported in the Washington State Legislature.

House Bill 2248 – 2020 Legislative Session

$20 Million Dollars for Low Income Solar and Virtual Net Metering.

View the Bill’s Legislative page. 

Sponsored by LD-22 Representative Beth Doglio, this bill sought to enable community solar bill crediting and fund low income solar access.

During policy committee, opponents successfully striped the community solar bill crediting portion out of the bill but the low income funding advanced through both the House and the Senate.  As it was sent to the Governors desk in March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic caused economic concerns for the State. Governor Inslee vetoes hundreds of fiscal bills including 2248.

Our team committed to return and try again.

House Bill 1814 – 2022 Legislative Session

$100 Million Dollars for Low-Income Solar Projects!

An advocacy effort to pass legislation expanding access to solar energy.

Washington is seeing new investments in solar energy every day, bringing the state closer to achieving its targets for the clean energy transition. However, very few people have access to the full benefits of solar energy, especially renters and low-income households.

Under the proposed program, the State of Washington would fund a grant program to support low-income customers installing solar. Sponsored by Representative Sharon Shewmake, the bipartisan supported policy seeks to overcome financial barriers to clean energy.

Our Policy Goals:

  • Improve solar access for low income households, renters, and marginalized communities
  • Catalyze new investment in clean energy
  • Create good paying jobs and expand Washington’s solar market
  • Take measures to protect valuable natural and working lands. 

Supporting Organizations:

Update: WE WON! 

The Washington legislature passed HB 1814 and it was signed into law on March 30th, 2022.  Read our press release HERE.

The first round of funding will be available in late 2023. 

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