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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… Grant Value Grant Maximum
Whole-building custom approach Equipment and installation $0.30 per annual kWh savings and $5.00 per annual therm savings compared to code-baseline or standard practice system. No Maximum
Component prescriptive approach—Lighting Dependent on parameters of individual incentives $0.20 per annual kWh savings compared to code-baseline (as determined by code lighting power density approach). See estimated funding table below for estimates. No Maximum
Component prescriptive approach—Non-Lighting Dependent on parameters of individual incentives Standard PSE incentives available for various systems of business sites in construction. These include kitchen, laundry, and HVAC incentives. Dependent on maximum values of individual incentives
Component custom approach Equipment and installation $0.30 per annual kWh savings and $5.00 per annual therm savings compared to code-baseline or standard practice system, subject to PSE Cost-Effectiveness Standards. Examples include condensing boilers, exterior lighting, heat recovery, demand control ventilation, etc. 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 $0.35/sq. ft. for third-party, post-occupancy building commissioning per current energy code that are served by all of PSE services. For PSE electric only customers, the incentive is $0.25/sq. ft. For PSE gas only customers, the incentive is $0.15/sq. ft. 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.

Incentive examples

How to qualify

How to apply

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.

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.