City of Bellingham gets $500,000 from state for energy efficiency projects

The state is awarding the City of Bellingham big bucks to put toward energy efficiency projects on city buildings.

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced more than $8.6 million in energy efficiency and solar grants to five higher education institutions, 21 local governments, and two state agencies. The City of Bellingham was awarded $500,000.

The program’s goals are to stimulate job creation in the state, reduce energy costs in higher education institutions, local government facilities, and state agencies, and to promote the use of solar products manufactured in Washington.

“When the places we work, study and do business are energy efficient, the benefits add up,” Governor Jay Inslee said in a press release.

The 2013 Legislature appropriated $25 million for energy efficiency and solar grants to higher education, local governments and state agencies, specifying at least $5 million for projects using technology manufactured in Washington, according to the news release.The 28 grants were awarded through a competitive process, and must be used solely for energy and operational cost savings and solar installations.

Here’s the full list of awards:

Higher Education Energy Efficiency Awards
Clark College $190,000
Edmonds Community College $220,000
Seattle Central College $499,764
Wenatchee Valley College $350,000
Total $1,259,764

Local Government Energy Efficiency Awards
City of Bellingham $500,000
City of Camas $500,000
City of Fife $125,705
City of Kelso $123,000
City of Kent $500,000
City of Langley $4,500
City of McCleary $32,000
City of Prosser $230,162
City of Puyallup $304,000
City of Selah $407,050
City of Soap Lake $98,080
City of Sultan $196,583
City of West Richland $281,937
Town of Friday Harbor $500,000
Lewis County $85,958
Spokane Transit $500,000
Total $4,388,975

State Agency Energy Efficiency Awards
Department of Ecology $132,328
Department of Transportation $500,000
Total $632,328

Solar Awards
City of Anacortes $184,710
City of Kittitas $105,000
Columbia Basin College $765,188
Kent Fire Department RFA $606,181
King County $475,000
Port of Skagit County $205,342
Total $2,341,421

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