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EECBG Projects

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EECBG Projects

In 2009, Kitsap County received $2.229 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to reduce energy demand, save taxpayer dollars used for County operations, lower home utility bills, promote a green economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Grant funds were used to retrofit County facilities, provide solar compacting waste bins for County parks, launch community residential and agricultural energy efficiency programs, complete energy upgrades at the Kitsap Home Builders Association building, and develop a long-term comprehensive Energy Efficiency & Conservation Plan. Kitsap County's EECBG grant expired in December 2012.

A summary of EECBG program results is provided below. For a full review of results by activity check out the EECBG Summary Report.

Grant Funds Received $2,229,100.00
Grant Funds Spent $2,229,096.49
Grant Funds Unspent $3.51
Jobs Created (direct) 41.12
Jobs Created (indirect) 5.51
County Building Retrofits $803,473.71
RePower Kitsap $470,501.39
Big Belly Clean Technology $464,124.33
Food Chain Program $221,860.61
Resource Conservation Manager $150,047.07
Built Green (HBA Retrofits) $113,757.00
Energy Strategy & Implementation $5,335.89

Funding for these projects was part of the $3.2 billion in funding for the EECBG program appropriated by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The EECBG program provides federal grants to units of local government, Indian tribes, states, and U.S. territories to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and for improvements in energy efficiency. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


Nearly all (95) first and second floor windows in the Kitsap County Courthouse were replaced with double paned windows in the summer of 2010. The new, double-glazed, low-emissivity (Low-E), gas-filled windows will reduce the county's energy costs by approximately $25,000 per year and make the building more comfortable for occupants by lessening solar glare and heat loss and gain.

Two solar hot water collector systems were installed on the Courthouse roof in early 2011. Each system will absorb thermal energy from the sun and convert it into usable heat that will pre-heat hot water tanks, reducing the amount of electricity and natural gas needed to heat water used in the Courthouse restrooms and Sheriff’s locker rooms.

Solar Collector
Solar collector for second floor Courthouse hot water heater.
Courthouse Windows  
Double-glazed windows installed in the Kitsap County Courthouse.  
Energy efficiency lighting upgrades (T8 lamps and occupancy sensors) were completed in the Pavilion in July 2010. Lighting upgrades are projected to save 177,422 kWh of electricity and $14,157 per year.

Pavilion Lighting  
New T8 lamps in the Pavilion.  
Presidents Hall building received both energy efficiency lighting upgrades (T8 lamps and occupancy sensors) and a new radiant heating system in the summer of 2010. Lighting upgrades are projected to save 49,193 kWh of electricity and $3,935 per year. The new radiant heating system is projected to yield a 35% reduction in propane demand and an 18% efficiency improvement compared to the old system.

Presidents Hall heating and lighting  
New T8 lamps and radiant heating panels in the Presidents Hall.  
Energy efficient lighting upgrades were completed in the spring of 2011. Inside, six tube ballasts replaced 400 Watt metal halide lights, while outside wall ballasts were replaced with new induction wall packs. Lighting upgrades are projected to save 16,760 kWh of electricity and $2,000 per year.

Van Zee Lighting  
New energy efficient lighting in the Van Zee building.
Over 300 indoor and outdoor lights and fixtures were replaced with energy efficient options in the summer of 2011. Energy efficient lighting upgrades estimated to save 152,789 kWh and $14,000 a year with a payback period for each site varying from 2-6 years.

New energy efficient lighting upgrades at the South Road Shed tire shop
 New energy efficient lighting upgrades at the South Road Shed tire shop

Over 100 indoor and outdoor lights and fixture were replaced with energy efficient options at eight county parks in the fall of 2011. Additional retrofits included installation of motion sensors and weatherization measures. These retrofits are expected to reduce energy use by 18,314 kWh per year.

All existing 1000 watt metal halide parking lot lights at the Juvenile Detention Center were replaced with 450 watt lights in December 2011. Exterior 250-400 watt metal halide lights at the detention center were also replaced with 150-250 watt lights. These retrofits are expected to reduce energy use by 12,286 kWh per year.

Existing 1000 watt metal halide lights were replaced with 400 watt lights in three parking lots at the County fairgrounds in early 2012. These retrofits are expected to reduce energy use by more than 18,000 kWh per year.

The existing 150 watt high pressure sodium lowbay lights at the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility were replaced with LED lights in late 2012. In addition, all Exit signs were updated to LED signs, and photocells and occupancy sensors were added to remaining exterior and interior lights for increased savings.

Van Zee Lighting
New LED light on the left compared to old HPS light on the right
A number of smaller projects were also completed with grant funds including: new LED spotlights in the Administration Building, occupancy sensors in all restrooms in the Administration Building, an energy efficient steamer for the Jail kitchen, and pressure controllers for refrigeration equipment at the Jail and Juvenile Detention Center.

Grant funds were used to promote and provide incentives for home energy assessments and establish an energy efficiency loan program for Kitsap County homeowners. The Energy Performance Score (EPS) - a detailed energy-consumption report similar to a miles-per-gallon report for your home - documents your home's current condition and prioritized energy upgrades. Over 500 homeowners received rebates valued at $350-$450 for a Home Energy Assessment with EPS from February 2011 to November 2012.

Kitsap County partnered with Kitsap Credit Union and the City of Bainbridge Island in 2011 to offer a low-interest energy efficiency loan program. Although the County’s grant funding for Home Energy Assessment rebates expired in 2012, the loan program continues to provide low-interest financing for qualified homeowners. A total of 51 loans have been funded through April 2013 to complete over $467,000 in energy upgrades. To learn more about the Kitsap Credit Union loan program, click here. The RePower Kitsap program is offering ongoing incentives to help cover the costs associated with energy assessments and energy upgrades through July 2013. To learn more about the RePower Kitsap program, click here.


A total of 80 BigBelly Solar Trash Compactors and recycling bins were installed in 13 County parks and downtown Kingston in early 2010. Each unit can hold up to 150 gallons of trash, thanks to the automatic compaction powered by the sun. By compacting trash, and allowing more trash to be stored in less space, the new garbage units can eliminate three to four normal pickups before the BigBelly must be emptied. Fewer vehicle trips to empty the bins results in reduced fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

BigBelly compactors are made in the USA, with RoHS compliant circuitry and a recycled plastic collection hopper.  The stainless steel side panels were created by Leader International, a Kitsap County company.
BigBelly garbage and recycling  
BigBelly garbage and recycling receptacles
at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

A full-time Resource Conservation Manager (RCM) was hired in April 2010 to administer EECBG projects and lead the development and implementation of resource conservation strategies and practices for Kitsap County. The RCM served as the single point of contact for all EECBG projects and contractors, developed the County’s Resource Conservation Management Plan outlining standards for energy conservation, water conservation and waste reduction, developed and implemented the Energy Wi$e employee education and engagement campaign, and administered the Resource Conservation Manager grant with Puget Sound Energy.

Grant funds were used to provide energy upgrades to the Kitsap County Home Builders Association (HBA) building and educate the community about energy upgrades and Built Green practices. The HBA conducted an energy assessment of their property in December 2009 that identified several opportunities for energy retrofits, including duct sealing, air sealing, increased insulation, a cool roof, and an upgraded water heater. Grant funds were used to implement the recommended energy efficiency upgrades and support a comprehensive community outreach program.

An energy assessment was conducted before and after upgrades were completed and yielded the following results:
  • Reduced energy use by over 6,000 kWh a year
  • Reduced the air exchange rate from 14.05 air changes per hour (ACH) at 50 Pascals (PA) to 6.5 ACH at 50 PA, which helps minimize heating and cooling losses
See energy and water saving equipment first hand!
The HBA building will be showcased as a community learning laboratory for home energy upgrades with targeted outreach to homeowners, builders, and students. Learn more by visiting http://www.kitsapenergyupgrade.com or stop by the HBA headquarters -- located at 5251 Auto Center Way in Bremerton - between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday to check out the newly retrofitted building in person. Signs explaining various elements of the retrofit are available for public viewing, along with a self-guided computer slideshow.


Energy Assessments for Kitsap County Food Chain Members
Kitsap County provided free energy assessments and audits for nine farmers, processors, distributors and other Kitsap County-based members of the food chain system in 2011-2012. The County contracted with EnSave to review existing operations, equipment and energy bills and suggest specific cost-effective, energy efficient improvements to reduce operational costs and enhance the efficiency of any planned expansions. The County also coordinated farm energy assessments with WSU in the summer of 2011.

Farm Kitchen Inc. Poulsbo
Monica's Waterfront Bakery Silverdale
Minder Meats* Bremerton
Persephone Farms* Indianola
Grounds for Change Poulsbo
Harley's Eggs* Kingston
Butler Green Farms* Bainbridge Island
Town & Country Market* Poulsbo
Hansville Creamery Hansville
Black Jack Farms* Port Orchard
Pheasant Field Farms* Silverdale

Over $39,000 in energy efficiency rebates were provided to recipients of energy assessments administered by the Kitsap Food Chain Program. Rebate funding was used to implement a variety of energy upgrades, including retrofitting T12 fluorescent lamps with T8 lamps, upgrading to ENERGY STAR qualified refrigeration and freezer equipment, and installing efficient heating equipment for chick brooding. Additional funding for energy upgrades is available from Puget Sound Energy, Cascade Natural Gas, and the County-funded, low-interest energy efficiency loan program with Kitsap Credit Union.

Conservation Tillage Program
Kitsap County also used EECBG funds to develop the innovative Kitsap Conservation Tillage Program for local farmers and gardeners. The program included rental of a no-till seed drill, agricultural soil testing and educational opportunities for Kitsap Farmers and Food Producers. The Kitsap Conservation Tillage Program helped farmers reduce their carbon footprint, save energy, and conserve natural resources. The County partnered with WSU Kitsap County Extension to offer 31 free soil tests (which reviewed total nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, soil pH, and micro-nutrients) and discounted rental rates for the no-till drill.

Food and Farm Policy Council
A Food and Farm Policy Council was developed in 2009 to develop local partnerships and sustain a vibrant food system that supports healthy people, communities, economies and the environment. For more information, visit the Council website at http://kitsapfoodchain.org/.


Kitsap County developed a long-term comprehensive energy plan to outline how the County will continue the momentum created with EECBG funding. The Energy Plan provides specific recommendations for new and existing County buildings, and employee actions to help reduce energy use 30% by 2020. Grant funds were used to support implementation of the Energy Plan which was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in October 2011. For more information or to download the plan, click here.
Last Updated:  June 18, 2013
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