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Pacific County Schools Receive Energy Grants

December 10, 2012

2 schools in Pacific County are among 21 schools awarded $14.9 million for energy efficiency improvements announced by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Raymond High School will receive new lighting, HVAC, and other upgrades for a total project cost of over $1 million. Naselle will receive funding over $800 thousand for their projects.

This is one of three rounds of grants funded by $40 million dollars in energy efficiency grants in the 2012 budget. The projects produce long-term savings, improve environmental qualities of our schools and help stimulate construction jobs. The energy grant projects use utility incentives, energy savings, local money and the state grant to make improvements that may otherwise not be affordable.

“The cost of energy continues to rise, which puts a greater burden on our schools’ operating budgets,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent. “We are seeing projects that replace old, worn-out heating systems, add insulation and new windows and get rid of outdated lighting.”

28 schools applied for the grant funding exceeding $37.5 million dollars in total project costs before being narrowed down. To qualify, districts must conduct an audit of their school facilities to identify projects that would yield energy savings and be most beneficial overall.

Similar funding by the state Legislature for energy efficiency grants included $16.9 million in 2009, $50 million in 2010 and $20 million in the 2011-2013 capital budgets.

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