Washington solar industry remains strong despite imposition of import tariffs
- January 23, 2018
Washington’s solar industry remains strong in the face of the U.S. president’s announcement this week to impose tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. Our state benefits from a diversified and integrated solar industry that provides jobs in installation, manufacturing, distribution, engineering, marketing, sales, finance, software development, consulting, and education. Such economic diversity provides resilience from potential market disturbance from external forces.
Here in Washington we are making big progress toward our clean-energy future. Solar Installers of Washington works actively to keep solar affordable for Washingtonians by advocating for the protection and improvement of state policies like solar production incentives and net energy metering. Our state’s solar industry is positioned for continued growth, enabled by pro-solar state and local policies, and the ongoing reduction in the non-equipment costs of solar installations, such as cost savings from more efficient permitting processes. Solar workers, businesses, customers, lawmakers, and supporters from around our state and across the political spectrum make Washington Solar Strong.
Right now in Olympia, legislators have the chance to support the Solar Fairness Act. Future Washington solar owners deserve to own their power: the Solar Fairness Act ensures their right to use the solar electricity they generate at their homes and businesses.
The Solar Fairness Act is an important way for the people of Washington to take ownership of our clean-energy future. Learn more about the Solar Fairness Act at http://solarstrongwa.org/solar-fairness-act-sb6081/.
For more information, contact: Allison Arnold, Executive Director Solar Installers of Washington firstname.lastname@example.org