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The Twisp Valley Grange is one of 17 entities across the state to receive state money for retrofitting its building. The State Department of Commerce has announced $9.7 million in Clean Energy Fund grants to support decarbonization of buildings throughout the state. The Building Electrification grant program funds deployment of grid-interactive buildings and installation of high-efficiency electric equipment. Eligible grant applicants included state and local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, utilities, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and individual owners of multifamily residential and commercial buildings.

The Twisp Valley Grange is receiving almost 242-thousand dollars to retrofit the Grange Hall in Twisp with a high-efficiency heat pumps, install a load management system to reduce peak loads, and insulate the building to R-21. The Grange Hall will serve the community as a refuge from extreme heat and unhealthy air conditions from wildfires.

Buildings are the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions after transportation.

Commerce selected 17 projects from 50 applications requesting a total of over $28 million in funding.

The Building Electrification grant program is intended to support the continued decarbonization of buildings to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions limits for buildings, reduce energy burdens for priority communities, and reduce market barriers to the broad adoption of all-electric buildings.