Solar Research

Washington State is home to several research institutions that are poised to make major advancements in the fields of renewable energy. They are investigating new techniques and substances for generating clean electricity, new software to build the smart grid of the future that can reduce the demand for electricity, and design and test powerful storage systems to store the power generated by clean energy. Agencies are also researching how to bring new innovations and materials to market including manufacturing.

Clean Energy Institute

Clean Energy Institute at University of WA – Championed by Governor Jay Inslee and launched with funding from the State Legislature in 2012, the Clean Energy Institute’s mission is” to accelerate the adoption of a clean energy future by advancing next generation solar energy and electrical energy storage materials, devices and systems, as well as their integration with the grid.”

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Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is an alliance of more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers. NEEA is dedicated to accelerating both electric and gas energy efficiency, leveraging its regional partnerships to advance the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices.

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Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) is a business association of the energy efficiency industry. NEEC’s mission is to promote policies and programs that enhance market opportunities for energy efficiency.

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Washington State University Energy Program

Based in Olympia, the Energy Program keeps statistics and tracks renewable energy systems installed in WA and evaluates proposed policy and legislation for state government as well as operating an Energy Library and answering questions for the public.

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State Energy Office (Department of Commerce)

This state agency manages the Clean Energy Fund which provides grants to research projects as well as funding for energy improvements in public facilities. The Clean Energy Fund has sponsored research into grid-scale battery storage, grid modernization, and will soon fund research on manufacturing.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Operated by Battelle, this federally funded program approaches research with a technology-neutral approach, meaning a search for the technology that provides the greatest benefit with the least impact to the environment.

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