Echo Glen Children’s Center receives solar energy grant
July 15, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10:30 a.m. July 15, 2010
Echo Glen Children’s Center — a state juvenile detention facility in Snoqualmie with education administered by the Issaquah School District — has received a grant from Puget Sound Energy for a renewable energy program.
Echo Glen has been awarded funding for a 1.5-kilowatt portable household power system, charged by an 85-watt solar module. The grant also includes funds for educational materials and teacher training. The total award comes to about $6,000.
Sunrise Elementary School in Redmond also received a grant for the system.
“Our environment and our economy both demand new ways of thinking about how to produce energy cleanly and efficiently,” Cal Shirley, PSE vice president of energy efficiency services, said in a news release. “Expanding the grant eligibility to select educational institutions will offer real-world, first-hand experience to students and citizens interested in how energy is produced, and how vital it is to use energy wisely.”
Bellevue-based PSE awarded about $100,000 in renewable energy grants to Echo Glen and six other educational institutions in Western Washington.
In order to receive the grant, the renewable energy demonstration systems must require no fuel and minimal maintenance for 20 years or longer. The systems must also generate enough power to operate 10 notebook computers for eight hours per day.
The grants must support Web-based monitoring software to allow students and interested community members to track how much energy the system generates as weather changes.
The grant recipients submitted detailed plans about their educational goals, how their projects could bring renewable energy technologies to new areas of the Puget Sound region and what steps should be taken to increase community awareness of the potential for using renewable energy technologies.
PSE expects to offer a new round of grants through a similar application process in early 2011.