Recipients of State Energy Grants Announced
OLYMPIA — July 7, 2010 — A total of 22 school districts have been awarded $14.5 million for various school construction projects, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced today.
The money, part of $100 million in competitive energy grants provided by the 2010 Legislature, will be used for heating, ventilation, and air condition systems, repair and upgrade of controls, replacement of inefficient lighting and building envelop improvements. Many of the construction projects will be able to begin this summer, providing much needed jobs to all parts of the state.
“This money will go a long way toward making sure that kids are healthy in their schools,” Dorn said. “Relatively simple things, like proper ventilation and adequate lights, can have a positive impact on student learning.”
To qualify for the funds, school districts conducted audits of their school facilities to identify projects that could demonstrate guaranteed energy savings. The state money is being augmented with local “leverage” dollars.
In addition, utility companies provide financial incentives to homes, schools, and business for projects and purchases that reduce energy consumption. School districts receiving these grants have estimated about $1.9 million in utility incentives for these projects.
Combining the $14.5 million with the utility company incentives and local leverage dollars, the construction projects are estimated to be worth $42 million.
Of the total $100 million, OSPI will administer $50 million for K-12 public school districts. The state Department of Commerce will administer the other $50 million for K-12 public school districts and public higher education institutions.
The $14.5 million is the first round of awards given by OSPI. The deadline for the second round of applications is August 27, 2010. The Department of Commerce’s round one application deadline is July 26, 2010.
For more information on the grants at OSPI, visit the School Facilities Web site.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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