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CWU and Yakima School District to receive grants

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima School District and Central Washington University are among 29 public schools to receive nearly $17 million dollars in energy grants.

The announcement of the recipients was made Wednesday by Governor Chris Gregoire, along with the Washington State Department of Commerce. The grants are aimed at creating jobs and reducing energy costs at public educational facilities.

According to the release from Gregoire's office, about 660 jobs will be created by the funded projects, costing a total of about $44 million. $26 million of that will be covered through non-state funding.
 
Yakima School District is getting $715,000 to replace heating ventilation and air conditioning systems and controls, as well as, retrofit lighting at McKinley and Garfield Elementary Schools.
 
Central Washington University is getting $170,000 to replace steam boilers with local gas-fired fully condensing boilers. It's also getting $70,000 to install pool blankets and a pool pump variable speed drive and controls. The university will receive another $30,000 to replace controls in the heating ventilation and air conditioning system in the Library and Ferrell Hall.

Projects for the first round of funding were selected from 37 grant applications requesting more than $32 million. Competitive rounds are scheduled through March 2011. Grant recipients are limited to a maximum of $5 million.

For more information, please visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.

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