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Planet Power Grant

Grants to Snohomish County and Camano Island, Washington
Nonprofits for the Installation of Solar Energy Systems

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

05/31/19 11:59 PM PDT


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Grants starting at $40,000 to Washington nonprofit businesses and public organizations for renewable energy projects that benefit low-income communities within the funding source's service area. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support solar photovoltaic (PV) projects on nonprofit and/or public buildings.

The PUD service area includes Snohomish County and neighboring Camano Island, Washington.

One of the objectives of the Planet Power program is to support organizations that include community services and, renewable energy education efforts. In particular, the PUD is interested in projects that are of direct benefit to income-challenged communities. Since projects are funded by Planet Power participants, the renewable energy produced by these systems should benefit the broader local community as much as possible. Energy produced by the solar array will offset operational costs by helping to power the applicant’s facility. Any and all non-energy benefits (such as Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs) produced by the Planet Power system will be assumed by the PUD for its customers enrolled in the Planet Power program.

Grant awards may be used to provide some or all of the following:
- Solar PV equipment and related hardware
- Data monitoring hardware and web-based access to live solar data
- Subject matter curriculum and teacher training
- Interactive lobby/common area displays of project information and live data (if appropriate)
- Visibility through PUD’s marketing and public relations
- Other, as proposed by applicant

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152082

Number of Grants:

The PUD expects to fund two or more systems.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The PUD expects to fund two or more systems with this RFA, funding up to $100,000 per project. While applicants can propose larger systems, evidence that an organization can provide matching funds will be required for a larger system.

At its sole discretion, the PUD will provide selected awardees with grants expected to range in value from approximately $40,000, to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be installed by December 27, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit business and/or public organizations serving the OUD service area are eligible to apply.

The PUD service area is considered to be Snohomish County and the neighboring Camano Island, Washington.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:
Any questions are due in writing by 5:00 PM PST, March, 8, 2019.

Part 1: All applicants will first provide a Preliminary Application to be screened for qualification and Planet Power eligibility requirements. Preliminary Application will be due no later than April 12, 2019.

If all eligibility requirements are met, the PUD will review the Preliminary Application and determine whether the proposed project is likely to receive funding during this award cycle. Site visits and other follow-up contact may be required to fully assess the application.

Part 2: Eligible applicants will be invited to provide a Complete Application for PUD review. Complete applications will be accepted no later than May 31, 2019.

Successful awardees will be notified with a letter and Planet Power Grant Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by June 21, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit questions to:

To apply online:

Planet Power Program Manager
Energy Services, E-2
2320 California St, PO Box 1107
Everett, WA 98206

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Snohomish County PUD’s service area