As one of the nation’s greenest utilities, Seattle City Light works hard to provide various ways customers can go green. Our Green Up program, which allows customers to support renewable energy development and education by paying an extra $3 or more on their utility bills, is a prime example of this. Since its inception in 2005, Green Up has been a popular customer choice, with nearly 18,000 participants in its lifetime.
Today, we’re proud to share that Green Up will support renewable energy projects and education programs at schools, public institutions and nonprofit organizations by providing $1,000,000 in grants, with $400,000 in 2017 and $600,000 in 2018. This is a significant marker for Green Up which previously distributed funds on an ad hoc basis with projects like Sonic Bloom at Pacific Science Center and solar 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 City Light’s service territory on a consistent funding cycle.
Education grants of up to $5,000 are intended to support projects that have a focus on educating students about renewable energy such a curriculum development, research, extracurricular activities, supplies and teacher training. Solar and innovation grants will focus on renewable energy installations by public, nonprofit and educational organizations. Most awards are expected to range from $25,000 – $50,000, with the maximum grant at $200,000.
For additional information, including application deadlines and program requirements, click here.