The Napavine School District is due to receive a $225,000 Washington state Department of Commerce grant to replace its aging boiler plant at the high school, improve its HVAC systems and install LED lighting throughout the school.
The award is part of nearly $4 million in state grants announced Thursday that will be given to state and local government agencies for 17 energy efficiency projects, according to a news release.
More than five million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually — about enough to power 480 homes — will be reduced thanks to these projects.
“The Napavine School district appreciates the partnership with the Department of Commerce,” said Superintendent Shane Shultz in a statement. “This project is a great balance of energy savings and HVAC infrastructure improvements at our high school. This project will have an immediate positive impact on our facility’s learning environment. We are thrilled for the collaboration and partnership with the Department of Commerce.”
The state’s 2021 State Energy Strategy identifies energy efficiency in buildings as a core strategy for meeting decarbonization goals. It is targeting a 26% reduction in energy use in buildings by 2050.
Buildings represent about one-fifth of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, which includes electricity usage, according to Commerce Director Lisa Brown.
“Investing to make public buildings energy efficient is an important element of our state’s clean energy future. These projects will reduce harmful emissions, save on energy costs for schools and other public buildings and create good jobs that strengthen communities throughout the state,” Brown said in a statement.