Due to the lack of a 2017-19 biennium Capital Budget, Commerce is unable to offer new biennium energy efficiency and solar program grants at this time. This page will be updated as conditions warrant, indicating if and when program grants will be available in the new biennium.

Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants

For higher education, local governments, state agencies and K-12 public school districts
Bellevue Service Center roof top solar

Bellevue Service Center Solar Installation - Courtesy of City of Bellevue

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. Our grants are awarded through a competitive process and must be used solely for energy and operational cost saving and solar installations.

Round Two Awards (PDF) were announced June 15, 2017. This latest round resulted in $11.8 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to help reduce energy costs at six higher education institutions, 27 local governments, four state agencies and 15 K-12 public school districts. Commerce awarded $8.3 million for energy efficiency projects and $3.4 million for solar photovoltaic projects. You can view the complete list of awards linked under Resources on this website. Round One Awards (PDF) announced in May 2016 awarded $10 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to eight higher education institutions, 32 local governments, four state agencies and eight K-12 public school districts.

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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Need help?

Department of Commerce
Pat Gibbon
Program Manager
Patricia.Gibbon@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-3023

Tom Stilz
Program Manager
Tom.Stilz@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-4045

Department of Enterprise Services
Roger Wigfield
Energy Program Manager
Roger.Wigfield@des.wa.gov
Phone: 360-407-9371

Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
Russell Holter
Project Compliance Reviewer
Russell.Holter@DAHP.wa.gov
Phone: 360-586-3533

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