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Jun 10, 2015

If you live in the state of Washington, your elected representatives and senator in Olympia will be voting on the budget soon.  The pressure is on to end this 2nd special session.

Stakeholders have been working on a new solar incentive program that will cost less and still be attractive.  Even this reduced program is having a difficult time in the budget discussions.  If you would like to help, please contact your state legislators as soon as possible with your comments in favor of support for solar energy.  We have attached a sample letter below:

Dear (Representative, Senator),

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 snow pack 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 is a solar advocate I ask for your continued support of solar in Washington this session; let’s not lose the economic development and environmental gains that we have made.


About The Author - Jeremy Smithson

Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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