After successful committee hearings, the Solar Fairness Act is advancing to the floor of the Washington State Senate, where legislators will soon vote on the bill. The legislation provides a crucial update to net metering, the core policy driving solar deployment in Washington. It protects the investment of home- and business-owners who have already adopted clean energy, and preserves the option for new investment in solar.
Washington utilities are in legislative limbo, as many have surpassed the current statutory net metering threshold and lack further policy direction from the state. By raising the minimum net metering requirement 8-fold from its outdated 1996 benchmark, the Solar Fairness Act provides greater certainty for customers, utilities, and the solar industry about the state’s commitment to smart, local, clean energy.