Thanks to solar advocates in communities around the state, The Solar Fairness Act (5223) has passed out of the Washington State Senate with bipartisan support. The Senate vote is a key milestone that signals the right of solar adopters to receive full credit on their utility bills (via net metering) for the power they generate on their homes and businesses. The Solar Fairness Act will provide more certainty for customers, utilities, and the solar industry about the state’s commitment to local, clean energy.

Bill sponsors Senator Palumbo (D) and Senator Rivers (R) recognized the urgent need to update net metering law to help solar energy in Washington continue to grow and thrive. The legislation now proceeds to committee hearings on the House side of the Legislature, beginning with the House Committee on Environment & Energy next week.