Green Communities: DOER's Green Communities Division (GCD) provides grants, technical assistance, and local support from Regional Coordinators to help municipalities reduce energy use and costs by implementing clean energy projects in municipal buildings, facilities, and schools. Currently 271 of Massachusetts 351 cities and towns are Green Communities. To learn more about how your community can become a green community visit the Becoming a Green Community Guide.
The Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition is part of a nationwide partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Program. Clean Cities aims to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector and support development of infrastructure necessary to make alternative fuel vehicles a viable transportation option. Cities and towns can get assistance on converting fleets and installing infrastructure to support adoption of alternative vehicles. Check out the Electric School Bus Pilot to see what your community can do.
Energy Management Services: is an alternative public procurement method used to purchase energy conservation measures, energy efficiency and water conservation measures and onsite energy generation.
Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative: This $40 million initiative is part of the Commonwealth’s effort to address climate change. It’s a grant program that helps cities and towns use clean energy technologies to protect citizens from service interruption caused by severe weather due to climate change.
Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale solar electricity in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants. 2020 Solarize Mass has closed but check for new round later this year.
Visit Mass CEC for more information on additional renewable energy programs for governments and non profits:
Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit offered by Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) the toolkit provides comprehensive resources and tools for your community to save money and energy, and to protect its natural resources.
State Facilities/Public Colleges/Universities
Leading by Example: works with the Massachusetts state government to set targets for facilities in regards to greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, water conservation, clean transportation and renewable energy.
Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition: in addition to private business and municipalities, Mass CCC works with LBE to assist with procurement of and infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles for state entities.