Solar Deployment Grant Program - Clean Energy Fund
This program is for the deployment of solar projects in Washington state. Applications are now open for a new grant solicitation focused on Low-Income Community Solar Deployment (LICSD).
The Solar Deployment program supports the development of projects that deliver environmental and economic benefits to Washington communities. In alignment with revisions made under the 2019 capital budget SHB1102 and broader state policy goals under the Clean Energy Transformation Act, the current competitive grant solicitation offers funding to support low-income community solar deployment.
Eligible applicants include:
- 501(c)(3) non-profits
- Federally Recognized Tribal Governments
- Housing authorities
- Retail electric utilities
Eligible projects include community solar projects of more than 100 kW of direct current generating capacity that lower the energy burden of qualifying subscribers (low-income households and/or low-income service providers). Allowances are made for qualifying subscribers who are not retail electric customers.
Commerce is prioritizing projects that maximize energy burden reduction for qualifying subscribers and direct and indirect benefits to highly impacted communities and vulnerable populations. Priority is also given to distribution side projects that reduce peak electricity demand. Further information on applicant and project eligibility and program policy priorities can be found in the Request for Applications (RFA), below.
Commerce is now accepting applications for this competitive grant with up to $3,880,000 available.
Grant Program Materials
- Request for Applications (Updated 11-16-2020)
- Application Form
- Certifications and Assurances
- Diverse Business Inclusion Plan
- Project Site Information Template
- Workers’ Rights Certification
- LICSD Q&A (Updated 11-25-2020)
Deadline for Applications
5 p.m. Pacific Time, Olympia, WA, on December 1, 2020
The recordings from the three pre-application conferences are available for interested stakeholders and Tribal partners. Each includes a summary of the information contained in the Request for Application (RFA), as well as applicant questions and answers. If you have additional questions, please send an email to the RFA Coordinator at the address listed above
Pre-Application Conference 1: 12:30 p.m. PT on 10/08/2020 | Skype Meeting Recording
Pre-Application Conference 2: 12:30 p.m. PT on 10/13/2020 | Skype Meeting Recording
Pre-Application Conference 3: 10 a.m. PT on 10/15/2020 | Skype Meeting Recording
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