Read Me First: Commerce received a $25,000,000 appropriation in the 2015-17 state Capital budget to continue the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program. We are currently updating the design and guidelines. Guidelines for the 2015-17 program will be posted on this site in the near future. For reference and general information, last biennium's guidelines and award recipients are linked on the right, along with a link to this year's enabling legislation. An online application will be available later this fall, with applications due in March 2016. If you would like notification when the 2015-17 program guidelines become available, please send an email request to either Pat Gibbon or Tom Stilz, program contacts listed on the right.
Round Two produced an overwhelming response - 70 applications in all, requesting a total of nearly $22 million. The estimated total project costs for all awarded projects is about $30.5 million, including $21.8 million in non-state funds. In March 2014, 45 successful public entities in Round One were awarded $14 million in grant funds, helping to leverage an additional $35 million in non-state funds for energy saving and solar projects.
The immediate goal of Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program is to help stimulate Washington's economy by creating jobs. Longer term goals include reducing energy costs at the state's public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and public schools, and promoting the use of Washington-manufactured solar products, including solar modules and inverters.