Hire Electric recently joined with other solar installers of Washington to help secure a robust solar industry for our state. Last week 40 of us met in Olympia to show our representatives and the governor that we are a viable and growing industry that is key to job growth and the future of our state. Everyone on the hill seemed excited about what we are doing. Here’s a letter I wrote to the representatives from District 14 that I met with:
It was a real pleasure meeting you last week during the Solar Installers of Washington (SIW) “day on the hill”. I really appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedule. There were 40 solar installers that came out to meet and greet our representatives and find out more about the direction of solar legislation in Washington. I think it was a huge success.
All of the installers were from the west side – except me. There are a few other installers on the east side but for the most part the industry is just coming on the radar over on the sunny side. I started doing solar in Goldendale in 2003. By working with WSU Extension and Klickitat PUD and other local community groups we were able to make Klickitat the highest per capita solar county in the state by 2009. In the last 2 years solar has exponentially boomed in WA – putting us on the map as one of the fastest growing states for solar jobs.
I believe very strongly in private ownership. When we own our own local gardens and farms, factories and energy we are more secure and happy. I see solar as the most democratic of energy sources: The power is free each day and it is produced right where you are using it. In other states the solar industry is growing fastest for Wall Street backed leasing companies. The value of the solar installation is sucked away from the homeowner and business and sent to huge corporations elsewhere. SIW would like to see solar grow in Washington through local ownership. Right now the lease model is not allowed in WA and we’d like your support to keep it that way.
There are a some additional measures and tweaks to existing legislation that SIW believes would help the state and help keep our industry healthy. I’d love to get together with you when you’re back home after the session and talk about solar on the sunny side. Or if you’re ever down in Goldendale please look me up.
Thanks for your service to our region,
Solar is the future and at Hire Electric we’re excited to be a part of it in both Washington and Oregon. Please don’t forget to #gosolar & vote solar.