The House Finance Committee heard public testimony on Substitute House Bill 1814, which would expand equitable access to the benefits of renewable energy through community solar power projects.
SHB 1814 – 2021-22
Status: Feb 1 – Executive action taken in the House Committee on Environment & Energy at 8:00 AM.
ENVI – Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass. Minority; without recommendation.
Feb 3 – Referred to Finance.
Feb 7 – Public hearing in the House Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.
The bill analysis and bill report are prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
Brief Summary of Bill
- Establishes a new community solar incentive program, to be administered by the Washington State University Extension Energy Program, for the purpose of providing direct benefits to low-income
subscribers, low-income service provider subscribers, and tribal and public agency subscribers (Community Solar Expansion Program).
- Sets a statewide total cap of $20 million for the Community Solar Expansion Program incentive payments.
- Creates a new public utility tax credit equal to the incentive payments paid by an electric utility under the Community Solar Expansion Program.
- Extends the date that community solar projects may be certified under the existing Renewable Energy Production Incentive Program from 2021 to 2022.
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