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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. 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.  The program application will once again use the ZoomGrants web-based form.  We are currently revising the application to reflect new program requirements.  The application should be available through a link on this page by the end of November.
The Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants program stimulates Washington's economy by creating jobs and reduces energy and water costs to the state's 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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