Issaquah School District receives state energy grants

June 12, 2012

By Staff

The Issaquah School District has been awarded energy grants totaling $120,084, according to the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“In addition to helping create jobs, it will help the district move forward with work that will reduce energy consumption and improve the learning and working environments,” Capital Projects Director Steve Crawford said in a statement. “The annual savings from this grant combined with our 2011 grant work will save the district a little over $200,000 a year in operational costs … especially significant as it is a reduction in general fund operational costs, which compete with classroom funding.”

The grants are intended to produce long-term energy and operational savings for the district, improve the indoor environmental qualities of schools and help stimulate construction-industry jobs. The energy projects use utility incentives, energy savings, local money and grant funds to make improvements that may otherwise not be affordable. The OSPI awarded $5.9 million in energy grants to 14 school districts throughout the state.

“The brick-and-mortar improvements and the savings from reduced long-term operating costs make this type of program one of the best kinds,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said in a statement. “We are seeing large and small districts compete for money to replace old boilers, add insulation and get rid of outdated lighting. It’s all part of making the learning environment the best it can be.”

In the Issaquah district, the grants will help fund items that will reduce energy consumption, enhance lighting, and reduce maintenance and replacement costs. Planned work includes connecting thermostats in portable classrooms to the energy management system to provide occupancy scheduling such as night, holiday and vacation setbacks, and retrofitting exterior and parking lot lighting with high efficiency fluorescent or LED fixtures at the Transportation Center, Plateau Transportation Center, and May Valley Service Center.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning additions, refinements and improvements will reduce energy consumption and will also enhance building comfort and indoor air quality at the administrative center, Challenger and Cougar Ridge elementary schools, and Beaver Lake and Pine Lake middle schools.

The total annual energy savings from the work is calculated to be $34,727.

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