For Immediate Release - June 26, 2013

Patrick Administration Awards Green Communities Competitive Grants to 20 Communities

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BOSTON – June 26, 2013 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today awarded $3.7 million in grants to fund scores of clean energy projects in 20 communities across the Commonwealth.

DOER Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants.  Awards are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

“The clean energy revolution sweeping Massachusetts and it is happening largely because of the bold steps and smart decisions made at the local level," said Secretary Sullivan, whose office includes DOER. “I am pleased we are able to offer funding to allow these 20 communities to continue the good work they’ve begun.” 

The grants, totaling $3,715,756, are funded through proceeds from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions (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. The projects range from upgrades to ventilation systems and lighting to installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities.

“The cities and towns receiving these awards have already shown outstanding clean energy leadership – first by doing the work to become Green Communities and then by carrying out important energy efficiency and renewable energy projects funded through their initial grants,” said Commissioner Sylvia. “The projects funded through this new grant round will help them to make further progress toward energy independence while locking in long-term savings for local taxpayers.”  

There are 110 Green Communities across the state and 45 percent of Massachusetts residents - 2.9 million people - live in Green Communities. All Green Communities commit to reducing their municipal energy consumption by 20 percent. 

DOER’s Green Communities Division awarded funding for the following projects:

Northeast Region $2,516,560 total

Bedford – $200,000

•         $200,000         Street light upgrade, Phase 1

Beverly – $207,530

•         $77,530           North Beverly Elementary School – AC system upgrade

•         $55,166           North Beverly Elementary School – heating plant system upgrade

•         $68,509           North Beverly Elementary School – unit ventilator control upgrade

•         $6,325             Beverly Commons Park – LED retrofits

Boston –  $143,052

•         $17,944           BPL Brighton Branch – Install Energy Management System

•         $38,994           BPL Dudley Branch Phase I - Install Energy Management System

•         $23,309           BPL Dudley Branch Phase II - Install Energy Management System

•         $4,530             BPL Mattapan Branch - Install Energy Management System

•         $11,167           BPL Grove Hall – Install Energy Management System

•         11,320             BPL Jamaica Plain – Install Energy Management System

•         $13,438           BPL Parker Hill Branch - Install Energy Management System

•         $14,850           BPL South End Branch - Install Energy Management System

•         $7,500             Grant administration  

Cambridge –$234,888

•         $63,741           Citywide Senior Center - air handling unit replacement (30 ton)

•         $51,701           Citywide Senior Center - air handling unit replacement (25 ton)

•         $87,571           Citywide Senior Center - air handling unit replacement (40 ton)

•         $4,875             Citywide Senior Center - energy management system

•         $9,000             Citywide Senior Center – commissioning of three units (above)

•         $18,000           Citywide Senior Center – engineering design

Lexington – $49,721

•         $49,721           Lexington High School – LED exterior parking lot lighting

Lowell – $205,778

•         $22,011           Merrimack Riverwalk – LED retrofit for historic streetlights

•         $2,200             Merrimack Riverwalk – grant administration

•         $166,566         Sullivan & Wang Middle Schools – condensing unit replacements

•         $15,000           Sullivan & Wang Middle Schools – grant administration

Melrose – $250,000

•         $225,000         Melrose High School – VAV conversion

•         $25,000           Melrose High School – energy efficiency manager/administration

Natick – $126,662  

•         $19,309           Springvale Water Treatment Facility – generator heater control

•         $2,066             Springvale Water Treatment Facility – HVAC controls

•         $1,057             Morse’s Pond well – install data point for electric heater

•         $827                Health Center Sewer Pump – install data point for electric heater

•         $1245              Cypress Road Sewer Pump – install data point for electric heater

•         $4,841             Evergreen well – motor upgrade

•         $851                Evergreen well – install data point for electric heater

•         $651                Prime Park sewer pump – install data point for electric heater

•         $7,649             Prime Park sewer pump – motor upgrade

•         $5,082             4-M sewer pump – install data point for electric heater

•         $851                Pine Oaks well – install data point for electric heater

•         $819                Travis Road sewer pump – install data point for electric heater

•         $838                Captain Tom’s Hill – install data point for electric heater

•         $16,340           Captain Tom’s Hill – replace two variable speed drives

•         $745                Bradford Road sewer pump – install data point for electric heater

•         $745                Elm Bank well – install data point for electric heater

•         $23,739           Elm Bank Well – install 2 Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

•         $851                Pit Sewer Pump – install data points for electric heater

•         $851                Pamela Road Sewer Pump – install data point for electric heater

•         $851                Jennings Pond sewer pump – install data point for electric heater

•         $851                Grove Road sewer pump – install data point for electric heater

•         $6,220             Grove Road sewer pump – motor upgrade

•         $10,376           Morse Library – retrocommissioning project

•         $10,426           Police & Fire headquarters – retrocommissioning project

•         $8,761             Recreation Center – retrocommissioning project

Newburyport – $158,145

•         $35,926           Newburyport Public Library – lighting controls

•         $56,644           Newburyport Public Library – window improvements

•         $32,052           Newburyport Public Library – HVAC retrocommissioning

•         $13,915           Newburyport DPS Building – lighting controls

•         $3,794             Newburyport DPS Building – replace domestic hot water system

•          $15,814          Grant administration

Newton – $250,000

•         $250,000         Citywide streetlight replacement project (LED equivalents)

Salem – $244,986

•         $9,670             DPW Headquarters & Garage – retrocommissioning project

•         $9,642             Fire Dept./Lafayette Street – retrocommissioning project

•         $10,732           Salem Police Station – retrocommissioning project

•         $11,371           Salem Public Library – retrocommissioning project

•         $11,332           Bentley Elementary School – retrocommissioning project

•         $9,110             Salem High School – retrocommissioning project

•         $39,680           DPW Headquarters & Garage – infrared heaters

•         $25,381           DPW Headquarters & Garage – building envelope improvements

•         $64,367           DPW Headquarters & Garage – energy management system

•         $24,401           DPW Headquarters & Garage – outdoor lighting

•         $7,214             Outdoor lighting, various locations

•         $22,086           Grant administration

Swampscott – $247,178

•         $9,135             Clarke Elementary School – steam trap replacement

•         $37,073           Clarke Elementary School – building envelope/attic insulation

•         $5,221             Stanley Elementary School – building envelope/weatherization

•         $51,674           Middle School – building envelope/weatherization

•         $15,826           High School – building envelope/weatherization

•         $19,800           Fire Station – building envelope/attic insulation

•         $108,449         Public Library – HVAC equipment replacement

Winchester – $198,620

•         $55,840           McCall Middle School – energy management system, variable frequency drives (VFD), air handling unit

•         $75,911           Winchester Public Library – energy management system

•         $19,293           Lynch School – demand control ventilation in gym, cafeteria and locker room

•         $12,250           Public Safety Building – condensing hot water boiler

•         $13,584           Lincoln School – demand control ventilation for Gym; add Gym air conditioning rooftop units to energy management system

•         $6,555             Lincoln School –install VFDs on hot water pumps; install motor on one circulation pump

•         $2,728             Town Hall – demand control ventilation in the Winchester Room

•         $12,459           Ambrose School – occupancy sensors

Southeast Region – $448,600

Easton – $250,000

•         $42,255           Insulated garage doors

•         $207,745         LED streetlight project

Hanover – $198,600

•         $4,206             Cedar Elementary School – walk-in freezer/cooler control retrofits

•         $6,963             Cedar Elementary School – building envelope improvements

•         $12,060           Cedar Elementary School – exterior lighting retrofits

•         $4,794             Center Elementary School – walk-in freezer/cooler control retrofits

•         $11,705           Center Elementary School – building envelope improvements

•         $9,257             Center Elementary School – exterior lighting

•         $6,954             Middle School – walk-in freezer/cooler control retrofits

•         $31,331           Middle School – exterior lighting retrofits

•         $2,811             Fire Headquarters – exterior lighting retrofits

•         $14,001           Police Headquarters – exterior lighting retrofits

•         $29,423           Middle School – building envelope

•         $3,397             John Curtis Free Library – building envelope improvements

•         $4,426             Salmond School/Administration Building – exterior lighting retrofits

•         $6,832             Sylvester Elementary School – exterior lighting retrofits

•         $20,341           Cedar Elementary School – retrocommissioning project

•         $12,046           Middle School – retrocommissioning project

•         $18,055           Grant administration

Central Region – $19,057

Mendon – $19,057

•         $6,972             Fire Station – energy efficient AC condenser

•         $2,135             Highway Department building – LED exterior lights

•         $6,318             Highway Department building – weatherize garage bay doors

•         $2,369             Town Hall – replace AC units

•         $1,263             Grant administration

Western Region  – $731,539

Athol –$232,349

•         $62,349           DPW Garage/Water Treatment – energy management system

•         $170,000         Public Library – variable refrigerant flow HVAC system

New Salem –$25,000

•         $6,000             New Salem Main Fire Station – slab insulation

•         $19,000           New Salem Public Library – air source heat pump installation

Palmer –$224,190

•         $71,100           Town Administrative Building – energy management system

•         $80,800           Town Administrative Building – HVAC piping upgrade

•         $90                  Town Administrative Building – vending machine timers

•         $24,000           Town Administrative Building – HVAC upgrade design

•         $5,200             Town Administrative Building – commissioning new HVAC system

•         $43,000           Town Administrative Building – fan coil/unit ventilator

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Pittsfield – $250,000

•         $250,000         Berkshire Athenaeum gas conversion

Through programs like the Green Communities program, Massachusetts has further reduced its reliance on foreign energy sources. Massachusetts has exceeded its 2017 goal of 250 megawatts of solar power - four years early. We now have 263 megawatts installed. That’s enough electricity to power more than 39,000 homes and, when compared with fossil fuel-generated electricity, the equivalent of eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions from 27,000 cars per year.

Ongoing commitment to, and implementation of, the Green Communities Act, which established DOER’s Green Communities Designation and Grant program, was cited by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as a primary reason for ACEEE’s ranking of Massachusetts as first in the nation its energy efficiency policies and programs for the past two years.

Click here for more information on DOER's Green Communities program.