WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Public Library’s energy efficiency upgrade project has received a $299,952 grant from the state Department of Commerce.

“This will go toward the upgrades the city and North Central Regional Library are sharing,” said Wenatchee Librarian Courtney Tiffany, which include a new HVAC system, LED lighting and windows.

The library district applied for the grant in December and learned last Friday it had been awarded. The project will start this summer.

It’s all part of a $2.5 million remodel of the 60-year-old building at 310 Douglas St. that is owned jointly by the city and library district.

Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library raised about $1.5 million in donations and pledges from public and private donors for the renovation project that includes additional shelving and technology upgrades. The city and NCRL agreed to share some of the $1 million costs of upgrading the heating and air conditioning and removing the asbestos.

The Department of Commerce grant will help with those energy-related costs.

The grant was one of 39 awarded statewide from a pool of $8.7 million earmarked to increase energy efficiency and solar energy use and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The state awarded $7.1 million for 28 proposed projects that are expected to save more than $1.4 million in energy costs and more than 5 million gallons of water per year. In addition, an estimated 6,800 metric tons of CO2 emissions will be avoided – equivalent to removing 1,500 vehicles from the road.

Other Central Washington projects receiving grants included:

  • Colville School District, $233,772 for an energy efficiency project.
  • City of Colville, $254,000 for a solar energy project.

The competitive grant awards are conditional upon execution of final project agreements and performance-based contracts.

The energy efficiency and solar grant program is funded through the state capital budget to deliver energy and operational cost savings at state public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and K-12 public school districts.

Nevonne McDaniels: 664-7151