State investments enable burst of new solar panel projects in community buildings – EIN News

State investments enable burst of new solar panel projects in community buildings – EIN News

Commerce grants $3.5 million to help public buildings cut energy costs, reduce pollution and showcase solar in communities across the state.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $3.5 million in grants to state and local government agencies to install solar panels at public buildings in communities throughout the state. The 29 projects will provide over 2.2 megawatts of solar and will produce more than 3 million kWh annually—enough to power about 280 homes.

Solar grants provide competitive funding to install solar at public buildings and facilities, such as schools, hospitals, community centers and wastewater treatment plants. Washington’s 2021 State Energy Strategy identifies community-owned solar as an important strategy for achieving clean energy and equity goals, especially for Tribal communities and agricultural communities. It also urges state and local agencies to lead by example with clean energy investments for public buildings that build local resilience.

“Supporting solar projects in public buildings is one of the many ways Washington state is leading by example as we work toward meeting our goal of 100% clean electricity by 2050,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “These grants prioritized projects in rural and Tribal communities, to ensure all state residents benefit from a cleaner more efficient electric grid.”

Students from Highline High School’s Environmental Club were instrumental in fundraising and  grant writing that helped Highline Public Schools win a $110,100 grant to install solar panels on the new school building in Burien. Pictured are 2021 HHS graduates and current students along with their advisors and partners in the grant: Jodi Escareño and Elly-Hien Trinh of Sustainable Burien; students Selena Nguyen, Samantha Quiroz and Kim Nguyen; Rod Sheffer, former executive director, Capital Planning & Construction (a 1969 HHS graduate); students Ricardo Gonzalez Ceja, Nha Khuc (former club president), Brenda Gallardo, Ruth Assefa, Gladis Gallardo and Jordan Powers (current club president).

The awarded projects include three by Tribal governments and five projects in small communities with populations under 5,000. These grants will fund distributed clean energy for schools, affordable housing and critical public facilities in Washington’s communities:

  • Birch Bay Water and Sewer District ($30,000) for the Wastewater Treatment Solar Panel Installation to install 30.3kW
  • City of Bellevue ($101,250) for the Bellevue City Hall – Rooftop Solar Array to install 100kW
  • City of Cheney ($189,258) for the City of Cheney Wastewater Treatment Plant Solar Array to install 99.9kW
  • City of College Place, Washington ($175,000) for the City of College Place 2021 Solar to install 100kW
  • City of Connell ($188,633) for the Connell Well #8 Solar Project to install 99.9kW
  • City of Edmonds ($119,645) for the City of Edmonds – Public Safety Building Solar to install 100kW
  • City of Mabton ($277,706) for the Mabton Solar Project to install 99.9kW
  • City of Pateros ($125,013) for the City of Pateros Solar Project to install 43.5kW
  • City of Woodinville ($73,450) for the Woodinville City Hall Rooftop Solar Array to install 76.4kW
  • Eatonville School District ($165,292) for the Eatonville HS Solar PV to install 66kW
  • Edmonds Public Facilities District/ Edmonds Center for the Arts ($226,192) for the EC4ARTS Solar PV to install 100kW
  • Franklin Pierce …….


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