The Legislature’s effort to forge a new blueprint for Washington solar power has stirred a fight from out-of-state companies that want to offer homeowners the option of leasing rooftop systems.
Bills now pending in the House attempt to keep the solar industry expanding while paring back state subsidies. Some provisions reflect months of negotiations between local solar installers that sell rooftop systems and public and private utilities around the state.
Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, currently has legislation furthest through the committee process.
He wants to extend the cutoff dates for providing state-subsidized rebate payments for solar installations. He also would gradually pare back the size of these annual payments that typically top $1,000 but can go as high as $5,000 for systems manufactured in Washington.