Take Action: Tell Legislators to Pass Changes to Solar Incentive Program

As we told you in an earlier post, state lawmakers are considering a plan to overhaul and expand Washington’s Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment Program.

The changes would help thousands of new customers and create new jobs in the growing state solar industry. Changes would not affect customers who already have installations.

As legislators begin a second special session to pass a state budget, A&R Solar and Solar Installers of Washington are asking customers and other clean energy enthusiasts to send an email or call the office of the three key budget negotiators who can help make SHB 1912 happen.

The three legislators are:

Senator Andy Hill
45th district; East King County (Redmond, Sammamish, Woodinville, Kirkland, Duvall)

Rep. Ross Hunter
48th district; Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland
(360) 786-7936

Rep. Reuven Carlyle
36th district (Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Anne-Seattle)
(360) 786-7814

You can use the email below or create your own. Feel free to add any personal messages and share this with your friends, family, and coworkers.

Dear (Senator, Representative)
In 2005 our legislators created a unique program to spur the development of solar energy industries here in Washington.  Although it was slow to gain traction, it has become a success in the last five years, creating hundreds of jobs and supporting others during and after the recession.

For every dollar that is spent in this program two and a half dollars are injected into the economy and clean power is generated that does not rely on snowpack or fossil fuels.

While the legislature has been working on the next budget, a group of stakeholders has been crafting a replacement solar program that has a reduced and declining cost, while still providing some incentive.  As one of your constituents who have ‘gone solar’ I ask for your continued support of solar in Washington and SHB 1912; let’s not lose the economic development and environmental gains that we have made.