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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. Programs are underway in first quarter 2014. Contact Mike Carr at
  • Application period is closed.
  • Grants awarded to Craft3 and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union

Smart Grid Grants to Utilities ($15 million)

Grants will be awarded to competitively selected utilities. Utility vendors, researchers, and others may partner with those utilities. Projects will integrate renewables through energy storage and information technology, improve reliability, and reduce the costs of intermittent renewable or distributed energy.
  • Application period is closed.
  • Applications have been received from Avista, Energy Northwest, Puget Sound Energy, and Snohomish County PUD. Review and evaluation is underway.

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. Technical review and evaluation is underway.
  • All funds are currently committed.
  • We are still accepting applications, but no funding is available at this time.

Returning Recovery Act Funds

Commerce is authorized to expend up to $4 million in new loans generated from returned federal recovery act energy funds. Funds are not available at this time and are dependent upon the timing and volume of federal loan repayments.

A fifth clean energy program--separate from the Clean Energy Fund, yet related:

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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