Round One Awards
have been determined and the list of awardees can be viewed by clicking the highlighted text or the link in the right hand column.
The Washington State Department of Commerce
has announced over $10 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to help eight higher education institutions, 32 local governments, four state agencies, and eight K-12 public school districts lower their energy costs - 52 separate projects in all.
An estimated 531 jobs will be created by construction spending on these projects. The total cost for all the projects is about $54.2 million, including more than $42.2 million in non-state funds.
Grants were awarded through a competitive process and must be used solely for energy and operational cost saving and solar installations. Projects were selected from 64 grant applications requesting over $13.3 million. Commerce awarded grants to 81 percent of applicants.
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 projects possible to increase energy and cost savings in the publically-built environment. To do this, we significantly updated program guidelines and requirements for Round One of the 2015-2017 program.
Interested parties are encouraged to become familiar with current program guidelines (linked on the right). The guidelines for Round Two may be slightly revised and will be posted on this website (late summer/early fall). The actual application deadline for Round Two will be Spring 2017, date to be determined.
2015-2017 Round One awardees, program 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.
Note: Minor changes to the application may occur before the Round Two application goes live late this year.
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.