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Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Electric Utilities to Enhance Electric Grid Capacity

Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities

GrantWatch ID# 207588
Agency: State

Funding Source
Washington State Department of Commerce
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/23/23 4:00 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and retail electric utilities to enhance electric grid capacity. Funding may be used for planning activities and the installation of battery and solar storage systems. The purpose of the program is to meet critical energy needs.

The primary purpose of grants funded under this solicitation must be to increase the deployment of solar and battery storage systems in community buildings in Washington to enhance grid resilience and provide backup power for critical needs.

Grants funded under this solicitation will be evaluated under two parallel tracks. Each track has its own application questions and required attachments, so please select the track that best describes your project’s activities.

Track 1: Planning and Predevelopment is available for projects that:

  • Identify sites suitable for solar and battery storage equipment
  • Complete community outreach and engagement to identify community needs and preferences for backup power provided by solar and battery storage
  • Complete feasibility studies, cost estimates, specifications, or other design work

Examples of eligible, reimbursable expenditures for Track 1 include:

  • Personnel costs for project management, outreach and planning activities
  • Direct expenses for outreach and engagement, such as printing costs, facility rentals, supplies, refreshments, etc.
  • Stipends for community advisors
  • Permit and interconnection application fees
  • Grant proposal development
  • Fees for project design work and feasibility analysis

Track 2: Installation is available for projects that complete the installation of solar and battery storage systems including:

  • Final design
  • Purchase and installation of equipment
  • Commissioning, development of operational plans, and workforce training for maintenance and operation of equipment
  • Community outreach to increase the awareness of a facility funded under this grant

Examples of eligible, reimbursable expenditures for Track 2 include:

  • Solar and battery technology and construction materials
  • Electrical connectivity, inverters, control systems, etc.
  • Critical loads panels, transformer upgrades, and other necessary electrical changes identified at the time of application
  • Permitting and interconnection fees that haven’t been incurred at time of award
  • Personnel costs for permitting, project management, and procurement of services necessary to the completion of project objectives
  • Personnel costs for site design, preparation, installation, and commissioning.

For information about project qualification, see Page 6 of the RFP document listed in Supporting Documents, below.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
This procurement is open to local governments, state governments, tribal governments and affiliates, retail electric utilities and non-profit organizations that satisfy the minimum qualifications stated herein and that are available for work in Washington State.

The primary Applicant must be one of the following:
- Local governments
- State governments
- Tribal governments or affiliates
- Retail electric utilities
- Non-profit organizations

- Applicants must be in good standing with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and
requirements, including with the Department of Commerce.
- Licensed to do business in the State of Washington or submit a statement of commitment that it will become licensed in Washington within thirty (30) calendar days of being selected as the Apparently Successful Contractor.
- Applicants must be responsive to communications from Commerce. Failure to reply by specified deadlines may result in elimination.

Examples of ineligible, non-reimbursable expenditures include:
- Scientific research

Examples of ineligible, non-reimbursable expenditures for Track 2 include:
- Purchase or rental of real estate
- Construction or general maintenance of buildings and parking facilities
- New paving and landscaping
- Maintenance costs
- Scientific research

Pre-Proposal Conference
Commerce will hold two pre-application conferences for stakeholders to learn about program guidelines and ask questions. Both sessions will contain the same content, and all answers to questions from the session will be posted in the written Q&A document. Applicants are encouraged, but not required to attend one of the sessions:

Register for the January 26, 2023 10:00 am pre-application conference (on Zoom)

Register for the February 7, 2023 2:00 pm pre-application conference (on Zoom)

Additionally, Commerce will hold an optional help session for the online application system, ZoomGrants. Questions will be limited to ZoomGrants only.

Register for the February 15, 2023 11:00 am ZoomGrants Help Session (on Zoom)

Pre-Application Information
- Issue Request for Applications: January 17
- Question & answer period: January 18-March 15
- Answers to Q&A posted: Periodically, through March 16
- Pre-Application Conferences: January 26, 10am, February 7, 2pm
- ZoomGrants Help Session: February 15, 11am
- Applications due: March 23, 4pm PT
- Evaluate Applications: March 24-April 30
- Announce “Apparent Successful Applicants” and send notification via e-mail to unsuccessful Applicants: May 1
- Hold debriefing conferences (if requested): May 3-May 12
- Negotiate contract: May 3-June 15
- Begin contract work: July 1

Applicants may submit unlimited qualifying applications.

Term of Contract
Estimated time period for contract: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Maureen Maples

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