Solar Deployment Grant Program - Clean Energy Fund

This program is for deployment of solar projects in Washington state. New program guidelines are currently under development.

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Previously, $1,522,000 in state funding was awarded to three projects deploying solar technologies across the state. New program guidelines are currently under development to align with revisions made under the 2019 capital budget SHB1102  to the requirements of the Solar Deployment Program. The new solicitation is expected to focus on low-income community solar deployment, and to cover at least $2,328,000 in remaining funds.

There will be an opportunity for the public to provide input on draft program guidelines. The draft guidelines are currently scheduled to be posted on 7/9/2020, and stakeholders and other potential program participants will have approximately two weeks following the initial posting to provide input.  

A virtual public input meeting is currently scheduled for 7/16/2020 from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Those interested in attending can access the conference using the following information:

Meeting Information

Meeting link: https://watech.webex.com/watech/j.php?MTID=m84064ac961d7c9935018438b0771f4e5

Password: Energy135!

More ways to join

Join by phone +1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Access code: 133 820 5394

Commerce values constructive feedback, particularly concerning how the program guidelines can best support solar resources that benefit low-income communities. Commerce will not be providing direct responses to input provided, and cannot guarantee that suggestions will be incorporated into the final Request for Applications.

Further program details:

  • The grants will be awarded in a competitive round
  • Priority must be given to distribution side projects that reduce peak electricity demand
  • Projects must be capable of generating more than one hundred kilowatts of direct current generating capacity
  • At least 35% of the total allocation of a project must be for community solar projects that provide solar electricity to low-income households, low-income tribal housing programs, affordable housing providers and nonprofit organizations providing services to low-income communities
  • Except as provided above, grants shall not exceed $200,000 per megawatt of direct current generating capacity and total grant funds per project shall not exceed $1,000,000 per applicants.
  • The department must attempt to prioritize an equitable geographic distribution and a diversity of project sites