Commercial new construction grants

Earn incentives when you build your new commercial buildings

Save up to 100 percent of your cost beyond current energy codes, while incorporating state-of-the-art, energy-efficient equipment and measures. PSE offers an array of new construction incentives. For a look at some of the measures offered view this flyer.

In addition to incentives, PSE can also assist with lowering ongoing operation cost projections for your affordable multifamily new construction project, which in turn could help you get more favorable financing.

To be connected with an Energy Management Engineer (EME) near you, call an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 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
    Lighting power density reduction
    All lighting except residential in-unit


    Interior LLLC fixtures and their installation
    $0.15 per annual kWh savings. Lighting must be 20% more efficient than the current WSEC.
    $50 bonus in addition to the $.15 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of projected fixture annual energy savings.
    Up to 100 percent of the cost to build beyond current energy code or standard practice
    Prescriptive incentives/rebates
    Commercial kitchen, laundry and HVAC Standard PSE incentives available for various systems of business sites in construction Contact your PSE representative for details
    For multifamily
    Clothes washer, ENERGY STAR® or better
    $100 each
    For multifamily
    Showerhead, in-unit: 1.5 GPM max
    $25 each
    For multifamily
    Showerhead, in-unit: 1.75 GPM max
    $15 each
    Custom approach Energy-efficient equipment that saves energy above WSEC Up to $0.30 per annual kWh and $5.00 per annual therm saved 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 75 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.

  • How to qualify

    To be eligible for PSE's new construction grants:

    • Projects must be within PSE's electric and/or natural gas service area.
    • Projects must be for commercial or multifamily use. Single-family new construction projects are not eligible.
    • Projects must be in the design or construction phase and must be pre-approved by PSE prior to all energy efficiency improvement efforts.
    • Grants are only available on projects that exceed local energy code efficiency requirements or standard practice by at least 10 percent.

    To be eligible for a whole-building approach, in addition to the above requirements, your facility must be more than 50,000 square feet and involve multiple measures.*

    *Facilities less than 50,000 square feet may qualify with prior PSE approval.

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.

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