Centralia Coal Transition Board awards grant to Gather Church
Centralia, Wash. (April 20, 2020) The Centralia Coal Transition Board is pleased to announce a grant award to Gather Church from the Weatherization Board in the amount of $26,156.27. The funding will be used to support the installation of HVAC systems in their childcare building, day shelter and multi-purpose building. This organization offers free clothing, food and shelter to those in need and serves hundreds of individuals and families every month.
TransAlta Centralia Coal Transition Board awards grant to Olympia Community Solar
March 19, 2020 – Olympia Community Solar received a grant in the amount of $28,525.00 from the Energy Technology Board to support the Hummingbird Community Solar and Educational Display project at the Hands On Children’s Museum in downtown Olympia.
TransAlta Centralia Coal Transition Board awards grant to Napavine School District
March 2, 2020 – The Napavine School District received a grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Energy Technology Board to support the installation of a 40kw Washington made solar system at the elementary school.
TransAlta Centralia Coal Transition Board awards grant to the University of Washington
February 20, 2020 – The University of Washington received a grant award of $150,000 from the Energy Technology Board to support a feasibility study to enable the construction of a bio-refinery in Lewis County.
TransAlta Coal Transition Board Awards a Grant to support a solar project for the Tumwater School District Grant to help build solar project at Peter G. Schmidt Elementary
Centralia, Wash. (November
21, 2019) The
TransAlta Centralia Coal
Transition Grants Energy Technology Board announced today it has approved a $99,060
grant to the Tumwater School District to support the construction of a 34kW
Washington-made solar system at the Peter G. Schmidt Elementary school. The
solar system project will include an interactive student engagement solar dashboard
system that the district can utilize for all Tumwater students to learn more
about energy generation, sustainability and how the overall solar system works.
The $99,060 grant is leveraged with funding
received from the Washington
Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency and a local district contribution. The
solar system will save over 42,000kwh per year, accounting for 6% of the
overall school’s annual energy consumption.
“Solar power provides a
more efficient way for schools to meet their energy needs and the efficiency results
in cost savings as well as ecological benefits” says Lori Schmitt, board member.
“During the planning and design for the new building the District considered
solar energy unfortunately the cost did not fit in the budget. We are pleased that
the Energy Technology Board has been able to provide funding to add the
infrastructure which will allow not only a savings to the District but will provide
a unique educational opportunity for students.”
The Energy Technology Board
was formed as a result of the 2011 Agreement between TransAlta and the state of
Washington to transition the Centralia plant away from coal-fired operations
with one unit shutting down in December 2020 and the second unit in December
2025. The company is investing $55 million into Lewis and South Thurston Counties
and the state of Washington through the Coal Transition Boards.
“Tumwater School District would like to express
our gratitude for this opportunity. With this successful partnership between
many organizations, we are excited for Peter G. Schmidt Elementary to start
using renewable energy source and reduce the footprint of our school” states
Tumwater School District’s Director of Facilities, Mel Murray. “The
students and teachers are also very excited to use the digital dashboard as an
educational resource to have better awareness of solar energy and to learn how
they can and are helping our environment.”
District is in Thurston County, Washington. The District encompasses 117 square
miles and is the third largest district in Thurston County, serving over 6,000
students. The District includes the City of Tumwater and its urban growth area
and unincorporated Thurston County.
values the partnerships we have with our customers, such as the Tumwater School
District” says Moe Salem, Business Development Manager for ATS Automation. “Not
only are we able to assist the District in implementing energy-saving
technology, we also get to provide learning opportunities for students to
engage in conservation and energy management.”
Overview of the Centralia Coal Transition Funding Boards:
for the funding boards began in 2012 with the last payment due December 31,
2023. The opportunity to start flowing dollars into projects became effective
December 31, 2015.
($10M): established to fund energy efficiency and weatherization for the
residents, employees, business, non-profit organizations and local governments
within Lewis County and South Thurston County; up to $1 million shall be
allocated to fund residential energy efficiency and weatherization measures for
low-income and moderate-income residents of Lewis County and South Thurston
Community Development Board ($20M): established to fund education, retraining,
economic development, and community enhancement; at least $5M shall be
allocated to fund education, retraining and economic development specifically
targeting the needs of workers displaced from the Centralia facility;
Board ($25M): established to fund energy technologies with the potential to
create environmental benefits to the state of Washington.