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Seattle City Light Supports Renewable Energy with Green Up Grants


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Seattle City Light announced that the utility will support renewable energy projects and education at schools, public institutions and nonprofit organizations with $400,000 in grants through the Green Up program in 2017 and $600,000 in 2018.

"Our Green Up program customers want to see more renewable energy developed in our community," City Light Customer Energy Solutions Director Craig Smith said. "These grants will engage additional community partners to accomplish that goal."

Green Up is a voluntary program that allows City Light customers to support renewable energy development and education by paying an extra $3 or more on their utility bills. The program supports regional renewable energy resources through the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) on behalf of participants. In the past, remaining funds from the Green Up program have been used by City Light to fund renewable energy demonstration projects on an ad hoc basis, such as Sonic Bloom at Pacific Science Center, and solar installations on three residence halls at the University of Washington. Now, the program will provide direct grant funding for solar or other renewable energy installation and education projects in Seattle City Light's service territory on a consistent funding cycle.

Solar and innovation grants will directly pay for renewable energy installations by public, nonprofit or educational organizations with a system size of less than 100 kilowatts. Projects must be connected to City Light's distribution grid and equipped with a monitoring system. The maximum grant in this category is $200,000. Most awards are expected to be between $25,000 and $50,000.

Education grants of up to $5,000 are intended to support projects that have a focus on educating students about renewable energy, such as curriculum development, research, extracurricular activities, supplies and teacher training.  

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring funding cycle. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/Greenup/green-up-grants.asp

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

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