Approximately 40 companies install solar energy systems in the state of Washington and many have been active in the policy arena for a number of years, but too often as separate entities. With the formation of Solar Installers of Washington (SIW), the first solar trade association of its kind in the US, we are setting aside our competitive impulses and working together to help shape the future of solar energy in this state.
We will do so by representing our customers, teaming up with local manufacturers and suppliers, working closely with our elected officials, and building strong relationships with utilities and environmental stakeholders in order to increase awareness and create better policies for wider adoption of solar energy. In addition to delivering clean, renewable energy to Washington, we will support the creation of hundreds of local jobs and prosperous local economies across the state.
Climate change, ocean acidification, air and water pollution, and resource depletion are all daunting problems that require a team effort to solve. It is with this in mind that we are making our expertise and resources available to our elected officials and related stakeholders so that Washingtonians are better able to use our most abundant energy resource – the sun!