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Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants

For higher education, local governments, state agencies and K-12 public school districts


Commerce received a $25,000,000 appropriation in the 2015-2017 state Capital budget to continue the Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program. Eligible entities include state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and K-12 public school districts.  Our program focuses on funding the best energy efficiency and solar projects possible. To do this, we have significantly updated the program guidelines and requirements.
We encourage you to become familiar with the new guidelines, paying particular attention to the first two pages where key program changes are listed. One key change is the addition of K-12 public school districts to the funding eligibility pool.
The 2015-2017 guidelines, frequently asked questions and other important links are located under Resources on the right hand side of this page. The enabling legislation for the program is linked under Related Law, just below the Resources links.
Applications for Round One are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 3, 2016. A second round will be held in 2017, with applications likely due in March of that year. Once again, applications can only be submitted using the ZoomGrants online application.
This year's Round One application is now available at the following link:
Apply via ZoomGrants™
Application reminders:
  • Only eligible entities are permitted to apply.  Your energy services company or licensed engineering consultant is encouraged to help you with the application questions, but only eligible entities may submit.
  • If you are an existing ZoomGrants user (applied during the 2013-2015 grant cycle), then you may use the same email and password you used before to log in to begin a new application.  Otherwise, you will need to set up a new user account.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to submit your applicaiton!  You can edit a submitted application up until the deadline (March 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.) without having to resubmit.  Data saves automatically.
  • Need a little help with the online application?  Call ZoomGrants for technical assistance, 866-323-5404, ext. 2 (7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific time, Monday-Friday), or email
The Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program helps stimulate Washington's economy by creating jobs and reducing energy and water costs at state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and K-12 public school districts.  The program also promotes the use of Washington manufactured solar products, including solar modules and inverters.
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