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On July 1, 2017 the Washington state legislature approved a bill (SB5939) that expands the state’s incentives program for the production of renewable energy. The governor signed the bill into law on July 7, 2017. It came into effect immediately.
Two provisions of the bill make certain incentives conditional upon manufacturing in Washington state. One of these two items, each of which delegate authority to the Washington State University system, is a tax-incentive provision that reads as follows:
The Washington State University extension energy program must determine the total incentive rate for a new renewable energy system certification by adding to the base rate any applicable made-in-Washington bonus rate. A made-in-Washington bonus rate is provided for a renewable energy system or a community solar project with solar modules made in Washington or with a wind turbine or tower that is made in Washington.
The other item delegating authority to the Washington State University system is a localization provision that reads as follows:
The Washington State University extension energy program must, in consultation with the department of commerce, develop technical specifications and guidelines to ensure consistent and predictable determination of eligibility. A solar module is made in Washington for purposes of receiving the bonus rate only if the lamination of the module takes place in Washington. A wind turbine is made in Washington only if it is powered by a turbine or built with a tower manufactured in Washington.
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