Projects at Washington Prisons Save Energy, Create Jobs

“We were glad to be able to partner with a sister state agency to save energy for the state of Washington,” said Cory Plantenberg, Department of Commerce’s energy program manager.

The Department will also receive $48,000 in utility incentives through an Energy Service Contract, or ESCO, for the Airway Heights Project. The ESCOs review projects prior to complete and certify that the energy upgrades to aging building will save energy. In most cases, DOC earns utility incentives for completing these projects.

Additional projects are under way at Monroe Correctional Complex. In addition, the Washington State Penitentiary is using solar hot water in their laundry and will have it in the new housing units and kitchen expansion. And Coyote Ridge generates electricity through solar power with panels mounted on their warehouse roof.