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Dept. of Commerce’s Solar Plus Project

OLYMPIA – Commerce has received another year of funding from U.S. Department of Energy to continue its efforts with the Solar Plus project. The project is expected to triple the solar capacity of Washington and Oregon and add 5,000 jobs to the economy.

Solar Plus is a collaborative regional effort in Washington and Oregon. It has brought together utilities, solar advocates, environmental justice advocates and state agencies. Together, they are working towards speeding up the solar market while maximizing additional social and technical benefits.

The strategies for increasing solar generation in Washington state include:

  • Developing a common understanding of solar valuation and net metering issues.
  • Defining and deploying projects that increase community and grid resilience.
  • Increasing equity and education related to solar.
  • Planning and deploying community solar programs.
  • Coordinating and connecting on workforce development.
  • Informing and sharing policy discussions.

Participants are:

  • Avista Corporation
  • Bonneville Environmental Foundation
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Front and Centered
  • Northwest Energy Coalition
  • Oregon Department of Energy
  • Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA)
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Puget Sound Sage
  • Renewable Northwest
  • Seattle City Light
  • Snohomish Public Utility District
  • Solar Installers of Washington
  • Spark Northwest
  • Umatilla Electric Cooperative
  • Verde
  • Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Washington State University Energy Program
  • Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Content related to Solar Plus is available at http://solarplusnw.org/. There is a newly developed map of solar installations in Washington state at http://solarplusnw.org/washington.

More information regarding the federal award for Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 2 can be found at https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-evolution-and-diffusion-studies-2-state-energy-strategies-seeds2-ses

Commerce’s contact for the project is Jill Nordstrom at 360-252-0638.