September Wind Storm

Damage assessment and restoration efforts underway

The first storm of the season brought damaging winds and continuing rain through Western Washington, causing power outages around our service area. Gusty winds toppled leaf-heavy trees – which were already weakened by the dry summer heat – causing extensive damage to the electrical system across the Puget Sound region.

Currently there are 62,592 customers without power and 84,000 customers have been restored since the beginning of this storm.

Our crews are working as quickly as they can to safely assess damage and make repairs to equipment. Our Emergency Coordination Center and local storm bases remain open to coordinate restoration efforts.

Our first step in restoring power is damage assessment: getting a look at what’s been done to the system and determining the extent of repairs that are needed. Once that work is complete, we can better estimate the time for repairs and provide estimated restoration times. This process takes time, especially when access remains an issue due to unsafe weather conditions.


alert 

Safety first. Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.

Report and track power outages online

Up to $750,000 in competitive Green Power Solar Grant funding will be available in 2021 in amounts up to $100,000 per project to support the installation of solar electric projects on non-profit, public housing authority, and tribal facilities in PSE’s electric service area.

This grant is funded through PSE’s Green Power and Solar Choice participants to bring local, community-oriented solar projects to the area, while also providing vital support to those in need through lower utility bills for our low-income or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) customers and the organizations that serve them. Over the past four years, PSE has awarded over $2,400,000 in total grant funding to 30 local organizations to install new solar projects.

Over 75,000 PSE customers have chosen to support renewable energy by participating in PSE’s Green Power and Solar Choice programs. These programs now support the generation of 590,000 MWh annually of renewable energy in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. That’s enough to power 56,000 average homes for one year.

If you or your organization is interested in submitting an application for a 2021-22 Green Power Solar Grant, please review the information and resources below.

Applications

Applicants may submit questions and final applications to psegreenpower@pse.com. Please include "Green Power Solar Grant 2021-2022" in the subject line.

GRANT APPLICATION

GRANT CERTIFICATION

Funding process and timeline

June 21, 2021: Grant application published
August 31, 2021: Questions due in writing
September 1, 2021, 5 p.m. PST: Applications due
December 2021: Notification of award
January 2022: Funding disbursed
June 30, 2022: Projects completed

Eligibility
  • Eligible organizations are non-profits, public housing authorities, or tribal entities serving low-income or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community members. Religiously affiliated organizations providing services to low-income or BIPOC community members are eligible.
  • These projects must be on facilities in PSE’s electric service area.
  • Facilities may be owned or leased by eligible organizations. If a facility is leased, the applicant must demonstrate project support from the building owner and affirm that they will be in that space for at least five years.
  • The proposed system must be a new, grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
  • Proposed projects must receive sufficient sunlight, as determined by a solar installer. Specifically, the total solar resource fraction (TSRF) must be at least 75% at all points in the proposed solar array.
Your next steps
  • Gain support within your organization and with community members.
  • Contact a solar installer to help you conceptualize a project. PSE strongly encourages applicants to obtain multiple bids on the project to ensure your needs are met and pricing is competitive. Please see the “Solar Contractor List” below for contact information of solar installers in your area.
  • Select your preferred installer.
  • Submit any questions about the grant program at any time on or before August 31, 2021.
  • Complete and submit your application on or before September 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. PST.