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Washington’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 Apr 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2017, the Washington Legislature passed S.B. 5939 and created a $0.30 per kilowatt hour incentive for community solar. However, critics argue that the set rules were prohibitive. In 2019, net metering capacity was amended to be 4% as opposed to the previous 0.5% of the utility’s peak demand. The net metering program serves customers on a first-come, first-served basis.


Watch the top state community solar programs progress in our National Community Solar Programs Tracker.


Check back soon for more detail about the Washington community solar program.

For more on solar in Washington, check out these ILSR resources:

Learn more about community solar in one of these ILSR reports:

Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity
Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar
Beyond Sharing — How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power

For podcasts, videos, and more, see ILSR’s community renewable energy archive.


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Abby was an Energy Democracy Intern for the Spring Semester, 2021. She contributed to blog posts and interactive features.