Bellingham Public Schools awarded $2.7 million grant award for solar array on schools

Five Bellingham schools planned to install solar panels

Bellingham, Washington, June 2024 – Bellingham Public Schools (BPS) has been awarded $2.7 million of through a grant award process from the Department of Commerce.

Bellingham Public Schools’ planned project is the installation of a solar array on five schools: Options High School, Shuksan Middle School, and Alderwood, Cordata and Happy Valley elementaries.

Combined, the project will yield around 1 megawatt (MW) of solar energy. For context: ; the new project will yield 10 times the energy of Sehome’s array.

In 2023, BPS received the Department of Commerce Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities grant to conduct feasibility studies. Cascadia Renewals has been an instrumental partner through the planning and grant application process and will continue to be our partner through the implementation work.

This project is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA). The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at .

“Our district continues to work strategically toward the goals outlined in our and has been actively seeking grants to increase solar capacity,” Dr. Greg Baker, superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools, said. “It is key to take action, model sustainability and plan for the next generations of school facilities, continuing our collective commitment to our community and our children.”

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