Nine Utah school districts and hospitals are expected to receive federal matching grants totaling more than $1 million to help pay for energy efficiency improvements.
Grants are available through the Utah Energy Office Institutional Conservation Program. Projects are reviewed and funds awarded where they appear likely to produce the most energy efficiency, said Michael Glenn, program manager. Final approval of the grants is expected from the U.S. Department of Energy in early July.Major grants include:
- Granite School District, $241,844 for installation of control systems in 12 school buildings. The program will allow the district to control heating and ventilation in the buildings from the central maintenance office.
- Sevier School District, $58,572 for installation of energy controls on the heating and ventilation system at South Sevier Middle School. The district is expected to save $16,000 the first year in energy costs and will pay for the improvements in seven years.
- University of Utah, $159,869 to upgrade the heating and ventilation in the Merrill Engineering Building. The installation of a variable air volume system is expected to reduce energy costs by $38,000 per year and pay for itself in eight years.
- McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden, $291,412 to build a cogeneration system. The hospital will create electrical energy from natural gas, saving more than $444,000 a year in energy costs. The project will pay for itself in four and a half years.
Smaller grants will go to Box Elder School District, Sevier Valley Area Vocational Center and Utah State University. Gunnison Valley Hospital and Alpine School District are scheduled to receive grants for technical-energy audits as a first step in becoming eligible for next year's funding.