A wide mix of projects are funded by Clean Energy Fund grants. These grants support the development, demonstration and deployment of clean energy technology.  Established in 2013, Gov. Inslee has continued to champion the Clean Energy Fund, and the legislature again invested capital budget in these grant programs. Program development is underway. Guidelines and dates of application period for each program will be posted when available.

Non-Profit Lenders Notice of Funding Opportunity: We are now accepting applications. Complete information and documents below under “Revolving Loan Fund.” 

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Clean Energy Fund 2018

Revolving Loan Fund

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – Now accepting proposals!

The Energy Grants for Non-Profit Lenders program supports the widespread use of proven energy efficiency and renewable energy, including transportation electrification technologies, that have been inhibited by lack of access to capital. Commerce is now accepting requests for this funding. Only  non-profit lenders are eligible for these grants.


Planning to respond to the Energy Grants for Non-Profit Lenders NOFO? 

Over $3.1 million is available for a new round of grants to non-profit lenders for the revolving loan fund program

New for 2018: focus on transportation-related investment, including EV charging infrastructure.

DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted, via email, to Commerce by 5 p.m, July 31, 2018. Information to include in your proposal is on pages 13-17 in the Notice, plus Exhibit A, downloadable from the links to the left.

Grid Modernization Program

Open application announcement is anticipated in summer 2018.

– $11 million

This program is for public and private electrical utilities serving Washington customers. Utilities can partner with other public and private sector research organizations and businesses to apply for funding. 

Solar Deployment Program

Open application announcement is anticipated in late 2018.

– $4 million

This program in the CEF portfolio is focused on the deployment of solar projects in Washington State. 

Research, Development and Demonstration Program

Open application announcement is anticipated on July 16th.

Webpage: Energy RD&D

 – $7.85 million

This program is to provide match for federal and non-state funds for strategic research and development projects on new and emerging technologies.

Electrification of Transportation Program

Open application announcement is anticipated in late 2018

– $9 million

This program will offer funding for Washington state local governments and public or private electrical utilities. They can partner with other public and private sector research organizations and businesses. 

Previous Clean Energy Fund Programs

Grants to Nonprofit Lenders

Revolving Loan Fund grants show that a modest public investment can promote private investment. This drives economic activity and jobs for Washingtonians and helps our state lead the nation in energy efficiency.

From previous funding rounds, our nonprofit partners Craft3, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union and the Housing Finance Commission offer revolving loans that provide loans for homeowners and commercial building owners who want to install renewable energy systems and efficiency upgrades.

Previous Grants for Research and Development

These funds help Washington state clean energy technology research, development and demonstration projects bring in new grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy and other non-state sources. 

Current investments include recycling scrap carbon fiber from aerospace manufacturing, ocean energy research equipment and demand-response power systems on university campuses.

The RD&D program is not open for applications at this time.

Previous Grants to Electric Utilities

Demonstration of energy storage and control technologies position Washington State companies as leaders in grid modernization, an important emerging worldwide market sector. 

Since 2013, the state has invested $14.3 million in smart grid projects that represent more than $35 million in total investment by our state’s largest electric utilities.

Soon we’ll push further on distributed power, with new advances in technology, resiliency and reliability. We are at the front of entirely new systems and business models for delivering electricity.

Watch a video on PSE’s Glacier battery storage project.

Renewable Energy Manufacturing

This program in the Clean Energy Fund is a combination of financing targeting advanced solar and renewable energy manufacturing facilities in Washington State.

Commerce is partnered with the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority (WEDFA). Economic Development Bonds, issued and sold by WEDFA, are financed with loans made by private lenders to the owners of the facilities financed with the bonds. . Only projects approved by WEDFA for these bonds are eligible for the interest rate reimbursement.

Learn more about renewable energy manufacturing.