Solar energy and solar energy jobs in Eastern Washington continued to grow in 2016, according to new data from the Solar Foundation, with the potential to add much more. The percentage of jobs in the solar energy sector in Eastern Washington grew 26 percent in 2016.
Seattle lags behind other American cities on installed solar power, according to a new ranking released on April 4th by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center. Seattle ranked 24th in total solar photovoltaic installed, and 32nd in per capita solar PV installed.
Citing growing evidence of pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Environment Washington today launched a new Get the Lead Out campaign. An analysis by Environment Washington gave Washington State a grade of ‘F,’ failing to prevent children’s drinking water from becoming laced with lead at school. Environment Washington and WashPIRG are calling for swift action to ensure lead-free water in Washington’s schools and daycares.
A new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center finds that solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering from utilities.
4,500 Washingtonians submitted comments to Gov. Inslee and the Department of Ecology (Ecology) calling for stronger state pollution controls for concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Untreated manure from CAFOs is contaminating drinking water supplies and waterways across Washington with bacteria and nitrates, which can cause birth defects and other health consequences.