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 as available.
Energy RD&D Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)– Research, Development and Demonstration Grants. We are now accepting pre-applications through August 31, 2018. All information and documents can be found on the Energy RD&D Grants webpage.
Project Profiles and Case Studies
Grid Modernization Program
– $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
This program is to provide match for federal and non-state funds for strategic research and development projects on new and emerging technologies.
Grants to Nonprofit Lenders
Now accepting applications.
Webpage: Energy Revolving Loan Fund Grants
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.
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.
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.