Washington is home to 129 solar companies throughout the supply chain, 36 of which work hard to manufacture quality solar products.
Facts on the Washington Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 131 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Washington, employing 2,400 people.
- In 2014, Washington installed 14 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 22nd nationally.
- The 42 MW of solar energy currently installed in Washington ranks the state 26th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 6,400 homes.
- In 2014, $48 million was invested on solar installations in Washington. This represents a 9% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Washington have fallen by 10%in the last year. National Prices have also dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 45% from 2010.
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Solar Companies in Washington
There are currently more than 131 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Washington. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 35 manufacturers, 13 manufacturing facilities, 46 contractor/installers, 11 project developers, 12 distributors and 27 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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Washington State Solar Policy Resources
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission – Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Washington public utilities
Washington State Legislature – Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Washington
DSIRE Incentives Database - Washington – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Washington and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Washington State Profile – Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government