Commercial new construction grants
Build your new business site using energy-efficient systems, for less
When designing a new site for your business, work with PSE to incorporate state-of-the-art, cost and energy-efficient equipment right from the get-go. PSE's new construction grants can save you as much as 100 percent of the cost to build beyond current energy code or standard practice.
What you get
The total value of your new construction grant depends on your estimation approach, which a PSE Energy Management Engineer (EME) can help you choose:
|Grant Estimation Approach
||Grant Applies To…
|Whole-building custom approach*
||Equipment and installation
||Between $0.60 and $1.80 per sq. ft. for improvements between 10 percent and 30 percent more energy-efficient than current energy code
||$1.80 per sq. ft. of whole building
|Component prescriptive approach
||Dependent on parameters of individual incentives
||Standard PSE incentives available for various systems of business sites in construction
||Dependent on maximum values of individual incentives
|Component custom approach
||Equipment and installation
||Determined using projected annual energy savings and energy efficiency improvement cost
||Up to 100 percent of the cost to build beyond current energy code or standard practice
|Post-occupancy building commissioning
||Post-occupancy commissioning fees only
||$0.25/sq. ft. for third-party, post-occupancy building commissioning per current energy code
||Up to 100 percent of commissioning agent's post-occupancy fees
In addition to grant savings, PSE can also assist with lowering ongoing operation cost projections for your project, which in turn could help you get more favorable financing rates from potential lenders.
To be connected with an EME near you, call an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To be eligible for PSE's new construction grants:
- You must currently be or plan to be a PSE business electric and/or natural gas customer, and your new business site must be within PSE's electric and/or natural gas service areas.
- You must be pre-approved by PSE prior to all energy efficiency improvement meaures.
- Grants are only available on projects that exceed local energy code efficiency requirements for natural gas and/or by at least 10 percent for electricity.
- If you don't contact PSE during the planning or design phase of your project, you may not be eligible for a grant.
To get pre-approved, complete this new construction grant application** and a utility data release form, should it apply†.
Submit them to PSE in one of two ways:
A PSE Energy Management Engineer (EME) will review your application and coordinate meetings between PSE and your architect, design team and contractor (if already chosen), as well as a third-party commissioning agent (if needed). Your project's design details are reviewed so PSE can determine your eligibility, make energy efficiency recommendations and estimate your grant value.
Once a firm energy efficiency improvement plan is reached, you'll execute a grant agreement with PSE and build your project. When construction is completed, an EME will inspect the site to verify energy efficiency gains and finalize the value of your grant.
Then, prepare the following:
- Signed copies of your equipment and labor invoices, with grant-eligible items and quantities circled
- A signed and completed Tax Identification Form (W-9)
- Any other documentation your agreement requires
Submit these documents using one of the estimation approaches above. You don't need to resend your application form.
If you have any questions, call an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Case study: Swedish Medical Center
As Swedish Health Services and Hammes Company planned a new, 550,000-square-foot medical campus in Issaquah, PSE's new construction grants helped finance what may be the most energy-efficient medical campus in the Northwest.
Read more to find out how much Swedish Health Services' investment saved them on their yearly energy costs.
* Buildings that will exceed current energy code by between 11 percent and 29 percent will receive a prorated incentive.
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† A utility data release form authorizes PSE to distribute energy usage and billing information to third parties such as contractors and commissioning agents. Contact a PSE Energy Advisor to verify if this is required for your grant.