Camas schools receive grant for energy efficiency

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The Camas School District received a $128,499 grant for energy efficiency improvements, the state Office of the Superintendent of Instruction announced Wednesday.

The district was one of 28 in Washington to receive a portion of a $20 million pot of money dedicated to school facility energy projects.

The award is part of a $40 million commitment by the state Legislature. The money was appropriated through a Senate bill passed last year.

To qualify for the funds, the Camas School District conducted an investment-grade audit of its school facilities to identify projects that would yield energy savings that would be the most beneficial overall. Districts used performance contracting, in which the contractor guarantees the energy savings, as well as the traditional method of hiring a designer and a contractor.

All of the projects are required to measure and verify the energy savings.