Commerce awards over $8.7 million to increase energy efficiency and solar in public buildings

Source: WA Department of Commerce, June 4 2019

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $8.7 million in grants to local governments, schools and state agencies for 39 proposed projects all over the state that will increase energy efficiency and solar energy use and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.  

“Because of the incredible growth in our population and economy, buildings are among the most rapidly growing source of emissions in our state,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “Leading by example with investments to increase energy efficiency and install more renewable energy systems in public buildings are among the most important actions we can take toward our aggressive carbon reduction goals in the next 15 years.”

Energy Efficiency. The state awarded$7.1 million for 28 proposed projects that are expected to save over $1.4 million in energy costs and over five million gallons of water per year.  In addition, an estimated 6,800 metric tons of CO2 emissions will be avoided – equivalent to removing 1,500 vehicles from the road. Among the proposed projects are replacing plug-in space heaters at a treatment plant office building and propane heating equipment at another facility with controllable heat pump technology. Another project will install a new dedicated heat recovery system that will integrate with the existing energy management system to reduce heating and cooling runtime hours by more than 60%.

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