Grant Opportunity – Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities

Commerce is accepting grant applications for the 2023 Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities program with up to $35.4 million available. Applications are due by March 23, 2023 at 4:00 pm PT. This opportunity will include two tracks: Track 1: Planning and pre-development grants are available for projects that identify sites, complete community outreach and engagement to identify community needs, complete feasibility studies, or develop cost estimates, specifications, or other…

Community Outreach and Feasibility Consultant Request for Proposals

Commerce is also accepting proposals from service providers who can provide feasibility studies and outreach services to communities interested in developing solar plus battery storage infrastructure to provide backup power for community buildings. Proposals are due at 5:00pm on February 15. Community Outreach and Feasibility Consultant Request for Proposals (RFP) Register for Pre-Proposal Conference: January 31, 2022 from 2:00pm (on Zoom) Timeline Q&A Period: January 13-February 3, 2023 Pre-Proposal Conference:…

State survey: Most people say housing is #1 issue

State survey: Most people say housing is #1 issue

Housing costs/rents, homelessness and overall cost of living top list of most important problems facing Washington state in new survey by Department of Commerce and Puget Sound Regional Council OLYMPIA, WA — Housing and homelessness topped a list of 12 issues in a new survey that asked Washington state residents to rank their top two problems facing the state. The Department of Commerce partnered with the Puget Sound Regional Council…

Engaging the Public

The last two months have seen so much progress in the Community Reinvestment Plan. This progress will be highlighted in the Interim Legislative Report (published and shared here by the end of the calendar year), but I would like to highlight one aspect of the great work  our contractor, the Harriet Tubman Foundation for Safe Passage (HTFFSP) is doing: their public engagement and collaboration. The HTFFSP model of gathering community…

FCC Broadband Mapping

What is it? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published a new National Broadband Map. This map attempts to show where internet service is and is not available for every location in the country. The accuracy of this information is critical to the future of broadband in the state. Why does it matter to me? Verification of services Does the map show that broadband service is available at your location,…