Columbia Basin College will receive $1.76 million to pay for a new heating and cooling system, as well as other improvements and energy monitoring.
The Washington Department of Commerce announced the award Tuesday. It’s one of eight grants to higher education institutions across the state. CBC received the second-highest amount after the $1.97 million going to Edmonds Community College.
CBC officials said the projects will not only save money from better energy efficiency, but also reduce personnel and maintenance costs.
The money is coming from the commerce department’s Energy Efficiency Grant program and was set aside by the 2012 Legislature, according to a press release. The program is intended to create jobs while also cutting costs and promoting better energy use.
Brett Riley, CBC’s director for business office services, grants & contract management, said the bulk of the college’s award will go toward the heating and cooling system for the CH2M Hill Technology Center in the northeast corner of the Pasco campus.
“It’s well past its useful life and we saw that as a major savings,” Riley said.
The rest of the money will go toward tinting windows and installing efficient parking lot lighting at the college’s Richland campus, Riley said. CBC will also conduct some metering, meaning energy use at individual buildings will be assessed to determine if any waste can be eliminated.
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