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As Legislature Considers Future of Solar Production Incentives, Residents Could See More Benefits From the Sun

A new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center finds that solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering from utilities.

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Environment Washington Launches Campaign to Get Local Governments to Go Big on Solar

With solar energy on the rise across Washington and the country, Environment Washington announced the launch of a push to get cities and local governments to make sizable commitments to capturing the power of the sun. The “Shining Cities” campaign will engage and mobilize hundreds of members, volunteers and the growing ranks of stakeholders who recognize the tremendous environmental and economic benefits to convince local governments to expand their use of pollution-free solar power.

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Report: As solar explodes nationwide, Washington falls, lags behind most other states

With one solar panel in the state for every 28 people, Washington is falling behind a majority of states in an annual ranking of solar power capacity, despite having the technical potential to produce 21 times as much electricity from solar power as the state consumes each year. In this year’s ranking, Washington dropped to 27th in total solar capacity and 30th in total solar capacity per capita, after ranking 25th in both categories last year.

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Environment America launches effort to get Target to go solar

Target has pledged to put solar panels on a quarter of its stores, but the company could cut pollution dramatically and even save its customers money by putting panels on all of its nearly 2,000 rooftops in North America, advocacy group, Environment Washington said today.

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New Report Finds Jobs from Solar Power Booming Nationally, Lagging in Washington State

Nationally, the solar industry continues to create jobs and spur economic development at a fast rate, but, according to a new report by the Solar Foundation, Washington State is beginning to lag in solar job creation. The report found that the solar industry employed a total of 2,262 people in Washington State in 2015, compared to 2,400 in 2014. Pending legislation in Olympia could boost solar in Washington.

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Bill to Boost Solar Power in Washington Gets Hearing in Olympia

The House Technology and Economic Development Committee held a hearing today on HB 2346, a bill that would extend and boost the state renewable energy production incentive program. This program has been a key factor in the growth of solar power, a virtually limitless pollution-free energy source with no fuel costs, in Washington State. Without legislative action, the program faces two hurdles – incentive payments will expire in 2020, and already some utilities have hit a state-mandated cap on the program that forces utilities either to lower incentive payments to consumers who have invested in solar installations or exclude new customers who invest in solar installations from receiving incentive payments.

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New Report: Solar Energy Per Person Grew 56% Percent in Washington State Last Year

Per capita solar power capacity grew 56% percent in Washington last year, according to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. The growth rate put the state 15th in the country for solar power capacity per person added in 2014, but Washington remains stuck in the middle of the pack at 25th for total solar capacity and total solar capacity installed in 2014.  Despite its great potential in Washington state, solar power faces obstacles without continued and greater leadership from our elected officials.

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With State Leaders Debating Solar, Distributed Generation Bill, New Report Shows Solar Power’s Benefits

Seattle, WA – Homes and businesses with solar panels deliver more value to power customers and society than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.