Solar Installers of Washington

Solar Fairness Act SB 5223, solar fairness act,Arlington Electric is a member of Solar Installers of Washington. Thanks to the hard work of so many, legislators in Olympia sent the Solar Fairness Act to the governor’s desk to mark Earth Day, along with several other precedent-setting climate and clean energy bills. Thanks to the state’s many solar supporters for making possible a major leap toward a clean energy future. Now SIW will work to ensure that the potential of the Solar Fairness Act and other clean energy bills are fully realized.

The Solar Fairness Act, signed into law on April 30, 2019, gives solar in Washington a level playing field by allowing distributed solar projects to continue to benefit from net metering. Download the bill digest which outlines what the law means for your business.

The 100% Clean Electricity Act, signed into law on May 7, 2019, will kickstart Washington’s equitable, clean energy transformation. The bill contains groundbreaking changes to the way the state’s utilities do business, and makes Washington one of only a handful of states in the country to have a 100% clean grid mandate. Download an overview of how it will affect the solar industry and a more detailed guide of the sales tax exemption for solar projects.

Solar Incentives

The sun can work for you!  Harnessing the sun’s power by installing your own solar array at your home and/or business offsets your power usage.  You can be part of the movement toward green energy and a sustainable future AND lower your utility bill and control your own energy consumption.

We have some assistance provided by state and federal incentives.

Federal Tax Credit

electrical contractor, electrician costUp to 30% of your solar installation is allowed as a tax credit.  You can use it all in one year or roll it over to the next tax years.  The Federal government offers a 30% tax credit through 2019 for solar systems on residential (under The Investment Tax Credit (Section 25D) and commercial (under Section 48) properties.  The ITC incentive will be reduced in 2021 to 26%, with a further reduction in 2021.  The Residential credit program is set to end after 2021.

Starting July 1st 2019, the Washington sales tax exemption applies to systems smaller than 100 kilowatts.  This includes both the State and local taxes and saves customers approximately 10%.

Your utility company allows you to net meter with them at the retail rate for utility power.  When you produce power with your solar array, it flows through a net meter into your home so you can use your own power.  Whatever is you don’t use is sent back into the grid.  The utility company keeps track of that amount that is sent back to the grid and banked in your account.  If you use more power than you are producing, you purchase power from the utility.   Most systems are able to produce excess power that’s ‘banked’ at the utility and becomes available for use during the winter months when days are dark, production is lower and electricity is more needed.

The net metering fiscal year is May 1 through April 30, and f you don’t use your credits, you lose them.  Therefore, it’s important to size your system to use all the power you produce.  Net metering is ongoing, but utilities can choose once they reach their threshold whether to continue or not.  So far, most of the utilities have kept it active.

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