Published June 18, 2013
By Skyler Srivastava, KVEW TV
The Washington State Dept of Commerce has announced nearly $8 million in grants to create jobs and to help seven higher education institutions lower their energy costs.
An estimated 121 jobs will be created by construction spending on these projects.
The total cost for all the projects is about $15 million, including more than $6 million in non-state funding.
Commerce’s Energy Efficient Grant Program’s immediate goal is to stimulate Washington’s economy by creating jobs.
The long-term goal is to reduce energy costs at the state’s public higher education institutions and local government facilities.
New lighting, boilers, controls, and water saving toilets and faucets are some of the energy and water saving measures that will be installed.
The grants were awarded through a competitive process and must be used solely for energy and operational cost saving improvements.
Projects for the third round of funding were selected from 10 grant applications requesting a total of more than $11 million.
Together, all three award rounds will create an estimated 1,064 jobs and total project costs of $132 million, including $90 million in non-state funding.
The 2012 Legislature appropriated $20 million for higher education and $18 million for local governments, including a specific set aside of at least 10 percent for small cities or towns (populations of 5,000 or less).
This is the third round of awards. Higher education and local government recipients were announced in August 2012 and March 2013.
Full roster of higher education grant recipients are:
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