Tumwater awarded $20,000 PSE grant

Staff writerAugust 20, 2013 

The City of Tumwater was awarded a $20,000 grant to fund a solar power project, and is competing for another $20,000 before the end of the year.

Both grants are through Puget Sound Energy’s Take Charge Green Power Challenge.

The first $20,000 grant was awarded for having at least 100 residents sign up for green power enrollments. The city reached the required 100 by the end of July.

An additional $20,000 grant is a multi-city competition, awarded to the city that boasts the highest percentage of new enrollments overall. Tumwater is up against Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Kirkland and Snoqualmie.

Snoqualmie was in the lead as of Tuesday with 1.31 percent of new accounts, followed closely behind by Tuwmater with 1.1 percent. Kirlkand had .95 percent new enrollments, followed by Bainbridge Island with .52 percent and Anacortes with .42 percent.

The City of Tumwater is waiting to decide what to do with the grant funding. The outcome of the final grant will be known by the end of the year, according to Heidi Cerniwey, city spokesperson.

The money must be used for a solar project with educational components. It also must be built on a city building.

Cerniwey said there have been talks of the City Hall.

“Right now we are working on our roof, which would be fantastic,” Cerniwey said. “When you look at solar feasibility, you want a roof life with 20 or 30 years and good solar access and access to electricity panels.”

The final decision will depend on if the city is awarded the second grant.

“Now we at least have something to work with,” Cerniwey said.

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