FH Labs nets $46K rebate check thanks to energy saving project

Billie J. Swalla, interim director of the Friday Harbor Laboratories has invited the community to a check presentation ceremony at the labs on Friday, May 2.

At 4 p.m. at the Labs dining hall, UW College of the Environment Dean Lisa Graumlich will accept a check for $46,230 from Orcas Power and Light Cooperative.

The check is part of the ESCO Project, which includes a “greening up” grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to Friday Harbor Labs.

The project will increase energy efficiency and save money on heating and water bills at the Labs. Energy efficient lights have been installed on buildings and on the dock, the oil boiler was converted to a more efficient propane boiler, the roof on Lab 4 was replaced and a photovoltaic system mounted on the roof.

Swalla thanked the working group on the project and declared the new grant “great news to announce following Earth Day.”


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