The City of Woodinville is excited to announce the award of a $73,000 grant from the Department of Commerce to install solar panels on the roof of City Hall. In total, the Woodinville project will cost nearly $300,000 with the grant covering 25% of the project costs.
The Woodinville project will add solar panels to two of the three south facing roofs on City Hall. Use of newly installed solar panels will create an annual energy cost savings of 24% and enhance the overall share of renewable energy on the electrical grid. Panels are being sourced locally from a Washington state vendor and are expected to arrive in June of 2022 with installation to begin soon after.
“I am pleased to see that what started as a simple request from myself for staff to look into this grant opportunity is resulting in a substantial reduction in annual energy costs for the City.” Said Woodinville Mayor Mike Millman.
The Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings grant program is designed to provide competitive funding to install solar at public buildings and facilities, such as schools, hospitals, civic buildings, and wastewater treatment plants. These grants cut energy costs, reduce pollution, and showcase solar projects in communities across the state.
This is the first time the City has sought this grant, marking an important step forward towards investing in green, renewable energy sources. Installation of city hall solar panels continues to build upon the City Council’s actions in 2019 to enroll in the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Green Power Program, which committed the City to utilize 100% renewably sourced energy for all City facilities.
The money awarded to Woodinville is only a fraction of the $3.5 million in grant funds the Department of Commerce awarded throughout the state. In total, 29 projects received grants funds which will produce over 3 million kWh annually – enough to power about 280 homes.