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Washington State sets aside solar incentives for “community solar”

| Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jul 16, 2009 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/washington-state-sets-aside-solar-incentives-community-solar/
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While a feed-in tariff is a radically simpler way to provide renewable energy generation incentives, Washington State has recently increased their state-based incentives for solar electricity generation from solar PV.  The base incentive has been doubled to 30 cents per kilo-watt hour (kWh) – on top of net metering – and 25% of their incentive program is set aside for "community solar," defined as "solar energy systems owned by local entities and placed on local government property."

The payment program does not guaranteed interconnection or a power sales contract (since it uses net metering) and the payments only last for 11 years, but the increased focus on community ownership and local panel production recognize that locally owned renewable energy systems create more jobs and generate greater economic impact than absentee owned projects.

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John Farrell directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. More

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  • Anonymous

    when installing community solar, does the contractor have to pay prevailing wages?