BOSTON – Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Acting Commissioner Meg Lusardi awarded $7.9 million in grants to fund dozens of clean energy projects in 43 municipalities across Massachusetts.
Winchester received $250,000 for LED streetlights.
DOER’s Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to designated Green Communities that have successfully invested their previously-awarded Green Communities grants. Awards are capped at $250,000 per municipality.
“Thanks in part to the work done in cities and towns across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts has changed its whole approach to obtaining and using energy,” said Secretary Bartlett. “This funding will allow these communities to continue the good work they have already begun.”
The grants, totaling $7,905,438, are funded through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The goal of the Green Communities Competitive Grant program is to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the clean energy goals of previously-designated Green Communities.
“These 43 municipalities demonstrated their commitment to clean energy leadership in becoming Green Communities and investing their initial grants in projects that cut municipal energy use,” said Acting Commissioner Lusardi. “With the nearly $8 million in additional grants we’re announcing today, they will make further progress toward energy independence while locking in long-term savings for local taxpayers and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
There are 123 Green Communities across the Commonwealth, representing 48 percent of Massachusetts residents. The Green Communities Competitive Grants are being awarded for the following projects:
Northeast Region $4,663,568 total
Arlington - $247,894
· $45,137 Ottoson Middle School – Energy Management System (EMS), retrocommissioning, controls, AC optimization
· $71,379 Ottoson Middle School – Condensing heating boilers
· $7,366 Ottoson Middle School – Demand control ventilation in cafeteria
· $3,740 Ottoson Middle School – Refrigeration control for walk-in freezer
· $16,588 Ottoson Middle School – Unit ventilator ECM motors
· $10,561 Ottoson Middle School – Kitchen hood variable speed controls
· $81,123 Arlington High School – Energy Management System (EMS)
· $12,000 Project administration
Lexington - $54,068
· $4,217.40 Diamond Middle School – Exterior LED lighting
· $24,629.05 Fiske Elementary School – Exterior LED lighting
· $15,174.28 Harrington Elementary School – Exterior LED lighting
· $1,768.44 Public School Central Administration Building – Exterior LED lighting
· $6,226.13 Clarke Middle School – Exterior LED lighting
· $2,052.70 Carey Memorial Library – Exterior LED lighting
Medford - $142,978
· $26,952 Senior Center – EMS
· $29,570 City Hall – Weatherization
· $64,532 Medford High School – Exterior lighting
· $8,667 LoConte Ice Rink – Exterior lighting
· $8,121 Hormel Stadium – Exterior lighting
· $5,136 Project administration
Tewksbury - $161,574
· $10,879 Dewing School – Exterior lighting
· $31,388 DPW Building – Exterior lighting
· $4,987 Fire Station – Exterior lighting
· $14,146 North Street School – Exterior lighting
· $20,710 Ryan Middle School – Exterior lighting
· $11,335 Wynn Middle School – Exterior lighting
· $10,374 Town Hall/Town Hall Annex – Exterior lighting
· $35,767 Senior Center – Exterior lighting
· $4,738 DPW Building – Weatherization
· $17,250 Loella Dewing School – Outdoor air reset
Woburn - $250,000
· $250,000 Various locations – LED streetlights
“Green communities are setting the standard for other towns and cities across the Commonwealth to follow and are a major contributor to our state’s national standing as a leader in clean energy,” Senate President Therese Murray said. “I am especially proud of the Town of Kingston in my District for receiving this grant, which is a testament to their continued dedication and efforts to promote renewable energy and efficiency in their community and beyond.”
"These investments are a further demonstration of our Commonwealth's commitment to a clean energy future," Senator Stan Rosenberg said. "I appreciate the Patrick administration's dedication to that cause and I applaud these communities for being at the vanguard of our green movement."
“As a Green Community, Ashland has proven to be a leader in clean energy and energy efficiency innovation,” said Senator Karen Spilka. “This grant will allow the town to continue to advance green initiatives in our community that help to conserve energy and preserve our environment for future generations.”
“Investing in the environmental future of Ashland is a quality of life issue for our community,” said Representative Tom Sannicandro. “By committing to the health of our cities and towns we are practicing responsible stewardship for generations to come.”
The Patrick Administration’s aggressive clean energy initiatives have made Massachusetts a leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions reductions. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has named Massachusetts number one for three years running. Last year, Governor Patrick set a new solar goal after reaching the previous goal of 250 megawatts four years early. The Commonwealth now aims to install 1,600 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020.
Currently, there are 518 megawatts installed, capable of powering nearly 79,000 homes. The clean energy revolution is yielding economic benefits as well, with 11.8 percent job growth in the last year; nearly 80,000 people are employed in the cleantech industry in Massachusetts.