Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants
For higher education, local governments and State agencies
Application for the Commerce Round One Energy Efficiency and Solar Grant program closed on January 30, 2014. The agency received 49 applications, requesting over $16 million in energy efficiency grants and over $4.3 million in solar grants. Commerce will make Round One award announcements mid-March.
A Round Two application cycle, pending availability of sufficient funds, will be announced shortly after Round One award announcements. If Commerce decides not to hold a second round of competition this fiscal year, any remaining funds from this fiscal year will be added to the $7 million available for grants in the ensuing state fiscal year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015). Check back in mid-March for program award announcements and updates moving forward.
Looking for ways to save energy and money? Think about making your buildings and street lighting more energy efficient, or adding solar panels or a solar hot water system to your building.
Commerce’s 2013-2015 Energy Efficiency and Solar Grant program has $25 million for higher education, local governments, and state agencies. Applicants may apply for:
Grants are awarded through a competitive process.
The program’s immediate goal is to continue stimulating Washington’s economy by creating jobs. The program’s long-term goal is to reduce energy and water costs and to encourage the installation of Washington manufactured solar energy systems.
The 2013 Legislature appropriated $25 million to make higher education, local government, and state agency facilities more energy efficient and to help create jobs. The legislation specifically sets aside at least $5 million for projects that involve the purchase and installation of Washington manufactured solar energy systems, including solar modules and inverters. The legislation also directs Commerce to award at least 10 percent of each competitive grant round to small cities and towns with a population of fewer than 5,000 residents. Commerce will award $18 million by June 2014 and the additional $7 million by June 2015.