Lake Washington Institute of Technology Wins Green Grant

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Energy Services company McKinstry helps navigate national grant waters

Kirkland, WA -  A green partnership helped Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) win a major federal grant to replace old costly sodium illumination with new, LED lights. The project will save LWTech $22,000 in electricity bills each year and translate into an annual reduction of 321,000 pounds of CO2, the equivalent of planting 40 acres of trees.

This project is expected to reduce the overall energy of the HVAC and lighting load on campus by 13 percent.

The work begins in June and includes the replacement of 44 pole-mounted lights throughout two parking lots and 42 wall-mounted lights on the East and West buildings. Work also includes the installation of an energy monitoring system for the main buildings. Construction will not affect parking at the college.

McKinstry, a national energy and facilities firm based in Seattle, worked with the LWTech facilities team to write the grant application. “Switching over to LED lighting was the right thing to do,” said Tim Wheeler, Director of Facilities Operation. “But finding the money to do it was another matter entirely.

“Not only did McKinstry help us find this Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency grant, but they helped increase the odds that we’d win, which we did.” The $300,000 grant nearly covers the entire cost of the project. Puget Sound Energy’s contribution to the project includes a $10,640 rebate to support this energy conservation initiative.

The green partnership is not unusual. Like all state institutions, LWTech seeks out grants to fill the funding gap. McKinstry has a long history of helping higher education find solutions and the experience of working within the public sector to find the channels of support. 

Construction will be complete by mid-July.

About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

As the only public institute of technology in Washington state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) a provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers six bachelor’s degrees, more than 45 associate degrees, and more than 85 professional certificates in 44 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.