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Washington Solar Stakeholder Process

In Executive Order 14-04 – Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action, Governor Jay Inslee directed the WSU Energy Program to develop recommendations to significantly expand the use of solar energy in Washington. Our director, Jake Fey, convened stakeholders in a meeting on June 30, 2014, to begin the process of generating discussion and gathering input about existing and potential solar incentives and market structures in the state.

At this initial stakeholder meeting, the WSU Energy Program provided a summary of existing data and facts related to solar energy programs, along with questions for stakeholders to reflect upon and respond to.

Northwest Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (NW SEED) is assisting the WSU Energy Program to implement this process and make available relevant timelines, outcomes, and publications from the Washington Solar Stakeholder Process.

Stakeholder process

The WSU Energy Program gathered input from stakeholders, including solar installers, equipment manufacturers, utilities, customers, and advocacy groups. Many of these stakeholders volunteered to participate in one or both of the two smaller working groups, which focused on the solar program design and utility-related topics.

Insights collected from stakeholders guided program design and administrative considerations that are necessary to create a robust solar market in Washington. This information informed the recommendations that were delivered to Governor Inslee in December 2014.

2014 Stakeholder Process Timeline

Public meetings

All stakeholders:

  • June 30, 2014
  • October 3, 2014
  • December 8, 2014

Working groups:

  • Program Design – October 8, 13 and 29; November 12 and 24
  • Utility – October 13 and 29; November 12 and 24

Documents and outcomes