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. โ€œSwitching over to LED lighting was the right thing to do,โ€ said Tim Wheeler, Director of Facilities Operation. โ€œBut finding the money to do it was another matter entirely.

โ€œNot only did McKinstry help us find this Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency grant, but they helped increase the odds that weโ€™d win, which we did.โ€ The $300,000 grant nearly covers the entire cost of the project. Puget Sound Energyโ€™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

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 35 associate degrees, and 86 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.