Renewable Energy Grant Writing Assistance

Northwest Electric and Solar’s Manuel Larrain is helping organizations leverage government and utility funding for their renewable energy projects! With a specialization in Grant Writing & Management Strategies from the University of Washington, Manuel can help identify funding opportunities, write effective grant proposals, and provide post-award project tracking and relationship management for your renewable energy project. Reach out today to learn how to get funding for your solar, battery, EV charging, or electrification projects!

Rural Energy for America Program

The US Department of Agriculture helps businesses and agricultural producers reduce their operating costs through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant. The grant covers up to 50% of the costs of businesses in rural locations and agricultural producers anywhere in Washington once you add the sales tax exemption for solar energy systems and the 30% ITC that totals up to 80% of your project costs covered by the grant and incentives!

Washington Farms and Rural Small Businesses

Four Opportunities to Apply

We can apply for REAP grants every quarter and receive notice of funding within 60 days after the application period closes.

Determine Eligibility

Use the USDA Rural Development Fieldmap to determine if you live in a rural area. Any area on the map not in orange qualifies as rural. Use this link to find your location and determine rural eligibility!

Apply to is the System for Award Management, a platform managed by the U.S. government. It’s where businesses register to do business with the federal government, manage their information, and find federal contracts and grants.

Clean Energy Technology on Tribal Lands

Starting in the spring of this year, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) for a $25 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support clean energy technology deployment on tribal lands. Applications will be due 90 days after the FOA is issued. We’ll update this information once the FOA is issued. Contact us today if you are interested so we can get ahead on the timeline! 

What projects does the FOA cover?

  1. Install solar energy systems.
  2. Deploy community-scale solar energy systems.
  3. Installation of battery energy storage systems. 
  4. Power unelectrified Tribal Buildings.

Washington Utility Grants

As the energy demand grows in Washington, utilities are funding opportunities for community organizations, businesses, and governments to deploy renewable energy technologies. Check out the following grants from your local utilities that can help cover solar energy system project costs.

Tacoma Power Evergreen Options Grant Program

Local schools, nonprofits, and government agencies within Tacoma Power’s service area can apply for grants of up to $50,000 to support installing on-site solar energy systems. Surplus energy generated from solar energy systems can be credited with Tacoma Power for increased electricity bill savings. Funding for these grants is derived from contributions made by residential and business customers enrolled in the Evergreen Options program.

Puget Sound Energy Green Power Solar Grant

Established in 2017, over 75,000 Green Power and Solar Choice participants have provided annual funding to nonprofits, public housing authorities, and tribal entities for new solar installations in PSE’s electric service area. With over $4.8 million awarded, over 2.2 million kWh of energy generated annually, and over 1.9 million pounds of carbon emission saved. Over 67 solar projects have been funded so far, and the new application period will be opening in the summer of 2024!