Washington State Department of Commerce
12/31/18 5:00 PM PST Receipt
Grants to Washington public higher education institutions, school districts, and local and state agencies for projects to increase efficient energy usage and install solar energy systems throughout the State. Funding is intended to reduce energy consumption, lower operational expenses, install solar modules and inverters, and improve health and safety through the replacement of outdated heating systems.
The Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Program provides Energy Efficiency grants, for operational cost savings improvements to facilities and related projects that result in energy and operational cost savings; and Solar grants, for projects that involve the purchase and installation of solar energy systems, including solar modules and inverters, with a preference for Washington-manufactured products.
All projects must:
- Be located in the State of Washington.
- Benefit and be owned by the applicant.
- Be retrofits of existing buildings and structures.
- Comply with utility, local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and policies, as applicable.
- Demonstrate benefit to Washington State and its citizens.
- Result in energy and operational cost savings.
In addition, solar projects must:
- For solar photovoltaic (PV) or solar thermal system the project must provide a minimum of 20,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) or equivalent Btu/year of generation.
- For small cities and towns with populations of 5,000 or less, the minimum is 10,000 kWh or equivalent Btu/year of generation.
Energy Efficiency grants: For school district applicants, priority will be given to school districts that demonstrate improved health and safety through reduced exposure to PCBs, and replacing outdated heating systems that use oil or propane as fuel sources as identified by the Washington State University Extension Energy Program.
Solar grants: Preference will be given to projects with components manufactured in Washington.
GrantWatch ID#: 144052
The maximum grant award is:
- Energy Efficiency projects: $500,000
- Solar projects: $350,000
Commerce will be using the following statewide average energy rates in determining the project’s simple payback:
- Electricity $0.0856/kWh
- Gas $0.818/therm
- Fuel Oil $2.04/gal
- Propane $1.05/gal
- Wood Pellets and other fuels, provide documentation of the commercial price available
- A total of $7,129,500 will be competitively awarded for Energy Efficiency Projects.
- A total of $1,697,500 will be competitively awarded for solar projects.
All projects must be completed within 18 months of execution of the grant agreement; however, extensions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All projects must enter into a contract for construction on or after award. Projects must not enter into a contract for construction prior to award.
For Energy Efficiency grants, the program allows the following maximum simple paybacks:
- 35 years for energy efficiency projects
- 20 years for lighting and municipal street lighting projects
For Solar grants, the maximum simple paybacks is 100 years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit applications and address all questions to:
Dever Haffner-Ratliffe, NOFO Coordinator
P.O. Box 42525, Olympia WA 98504-2525
1011 Plum Street SE, Olympia WA 98504-2525
(Subject Line naming convention:
- For Energy Efficiency: _EE&S_Energy APP PKG
- For Solar: _EE&S_Solar APP PKG)
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