Washington’s Governor Inslee recently signed a new bill designed to increase the accessibility of solar power to low-income households and service providers.
The introduction of House Bill 1814 reads “The legislature finds and declares that stimulating local investment in community solar projects continues to be an important part of a state energy strategy by helping to increase energy independence from fossil fuels, promote economic development, hedge against the effects of climate change, and attain environmental benefits.”
The policy creates a new incentive program beginning in 2023 that will provide funding for low-income households and low-income service providers’ installing community solar. Washington State University Energy Extension will manage the $100 million in funding, providing grants of up to $20,000 to community solar projects around the state.
Puget Sound Solar has been involved with several Community Solar projects in the past including Woodland Park Zoo, the Mason County Community Solar Project, the Tacoma Power Warehouse Community Solar project and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.
As we wrote years ago, one of the cool factors with Community Solar projects is that they’re like a community garden or P-Patch plot that provides garden space for an apartment dweller, a community solar array lets renters, condo owners, or those who don’t want to buy a whole system get the benefits of a solar array shared by the community.
This new bill is fantastic because it is focused on low-income households and low-income service providers, an underserved population when it comes to solar photovoltaics. Win-win!!
We’ll keep our blog and social pages updated with any new Community Solar projects but in the meantime, if you’re interested in going solar on your home or business, please give us a call at 206-706-1931 or fill out the contact form below and tell us about your project. We’ll use our 20+years of experience to help your solar project become a reality.
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