BEF - Renewable Energy Grant

December 05, 2008


Using revenues generated from the sales of Green Tags, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a not-for-profit organization, accepts proposals for funding for renewable energy projects located in the Pacific Northwest (OR, WA, ID, MT). Any private person, organization, local or tribal government located in the Pacific Northwest may participate. Projects that generate electricity are preferred. Acceptable projects include solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electric, wind, hydro, biomass and animal waste-to-energy. BEF may deliver funding through various means, including grants, loans, convertible loans, guarantees, and direct investments in renewable energy projects. BEF renewable energy grants and investments may range from a few thousand dollars for small installations, to significant investments in central station grid-connected renewable energy projects. If a BEF grant is requested for a generating project, the BEF share will not exceed 33% of total capital costs and 0% of operating costs. To be considered for funding for a project, please visit the web site and download information regarding the submittal of a Letter of Enquiry. BEF generally does not fund residential and small business renewable energy projects with grants or investments. Rather, BEF supports installations for residential and small businesses customers through two cooperatives: the Northwest Solar Cooperative and Our Wind Co-op.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Non-Profit
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Washington
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Wind (Small)
  • Anaerobic Digestion
Incentive Amount: Up to 33% of total capital costs


Name: Renewable Energy Programs - BEF
Organization: Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Address: 133 SW 2nd Ave., Suite 410
Portland OR 97204
Phone: (503) 248-1905

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.