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Clean Energy Funds

The Clean Energy Fund enables a mix of projects administered by Commerce's State Energy Office. Funding will support development, demonstration, and deployment of clean energy technologies that save energy and reduce energy costs, reduce harmful air emissions, or otherwise increase energy independence for the state. Here are the programs:

Clean Energy Revolving Loan Fund Grants ($15 million)

These grants finance use of proven building energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that currently lack access to capital. The program generates opportunities within the residential and commercial sectors. Grants were awarded to Craft3 and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union.
Craft3 is a nonprofit CDFI lender serving the rural and urban low-income communities of Oregon and
Washington. Craft3 is administering two clean energy loan programs: a commercial and a residential lending program. For more information go to their website.

Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union has offered financial services to the Puget Sound region since 1934. They are a not-for-profit banking alternative, owned by their members. PSCCU is administering a residential clean energy lending program. For more information about their program go to their website.

Smart Grid Grants to Utilities ($15 million)

Grant awards were announced on July 8, 2014, and given to three electric utilities from Washington State. These projects will demonstrate improved integration of renewables through energy storage and information technology, improve reliability, and reduce the costs of intermittent renewable or distributed energy.
Puget Sound Energy, Avista, and Snohomish County PUD were awarded a total of $14.3 million in matching grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund.  The total cost of the selected smart grid demonstration projects comes to $35.3 million, with the state’s investment adding to $21 million in matching federal and utility funds.
Avista will use a $3.2-million grant from the state to field test a 1-MW, 3.2-MWhr UniEnergy vanadium-flow battery assembly in a three-year demonstration project at a substation in Pullman, Wash.
Puget Sound Energy was awarded $3.8 million from the state to help deploy a 2-MW, 4.4-MWhr lithium-ion/phosphate battery assembly at a yet-to-be announced location.
Snohomish PUD was awarded $7.3 million in state funds for multiple demonstration projects. The PUD has been working with Seattle-based 1Energy Systems for the past two years to implement Modular Energy Storage Architecture, a set of nonproprietary design and connectivity standards that provide a scalable approach for energy storage control system integration and optimization.
  • The MESA 1 project will deploy two 1-MW, 500-MWhr lithium-ion battery based systems within one substation. These two large-scale lithium-ion battery assemblies, one built by LG Chem and a second by Mitsubishi-GS Yuasa, will each use a Parker Hannifin Power Conversion System.
  • The MESA 2 project, at a different substation, will deploy multiple advanced vanadium-flow battery assemblies, built by UniEnergy Technolgies, having total combined ratings of 2MW/6.4MWhr.
Commerce is working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on a Scope of Work for performing use-case analysis on the utility projects listed above.

Federal Grant Matching Funds ($6 million)

This is open to Washington research institutions. Eligible projects must develop or demonstrate clean energy technologies that have been demonstrated as viable in prior published work, yet are not commercially available. Eligible projects must also depend on approval of funding from a federal source or sources.
  • Three applications have been received as of March 4, 2014. Review and evaluation is underway.
  • All funds are currently committed.
  • No funding is available at this time but we are still accepting applications. All funds are currently committed for submitted proposals. Should one or more of those proposals not be successful, we will give notice of funding availablity.

Returning Recovery Act Funds 

Commerce is authorized to expend up to $4 million in new loans generated from returned federal recovery act energy funds. No funding is available at this time and are dependent upon the timing and volume of federal loan repayments.

Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants for Public Buildings (EE4PB) 

$25 million for grants to higher education, state agencies, and local governments for energy efficiency projects. On March 12, 2014,  $14 million in grant awards were given to five higher education institutions, 27 local governments and four state agencies.
    • Revised guidelines have been issued. 
    • Application deadline for this round is no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014. 
    • Applications must be submitted through ZoomGrants. Both the guidelines and the link to ZoomGrants is available at the EE4PB link above. 
    • For more information contact: Pat Gibbon at

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