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Leading by Example Grants

Overview of Leading by Example grant programs and funding to clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reducing projects at Massachusetts state facilities.

In support of aggressive clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Leading by Example Program (LBE) provides grant funding to state entities through various grant programs targeting a host of clean energy technologies. Funding for these programs is from the Alternative Compliance Payments from the state’s Renewable and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard programs administered by DOER.

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Active LBE Grant Opportunities

The Leading by Example grant programs are currently CLOSED. Grant opportunities will be posted to this page when available.

Feasibility Studies Grant Program (CLOSED)

The Leading by Example Clean Energy Grant Program – Feasibility Studies (Program) for State Entities seeks to support state agency and campus efforts to identify and study a range of potential clean energy technologies that could be deployed at state facilities, resulting in reduced energy use, lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or lower energy costs.

Eligible technologies to study may include, but are not limited to, renewable thermal (biomass, solar thermal, air and ground source heat pumps), solar PV canopies, innovative solar PV, energy resiliency, energy storage, and anaerobic digestion.

Solar (Canopies and Other) & Innovative Solar Grant Program (CLOSED)

The Leading by Example Clean Energy Grant Program – Solar (Canopies and Other) & Innovative Solar for State Entities seeks to support the affordability of large-scale solar canopy, innovative solar projects, and all other solar installations at state facilities that will help Commonwealth agencies reduce energy costs while also supporting the aggressive clean energy targets for state government operations. Incentive levels ($/watt AC) will vary depending on the type of solar installation, whether the project includes an energy storage system and the ownership arrangement

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LBE Grants Awarded

$11.5 Million Total in LBE grants awarded since 2012

Since 2012, over $11.5 million in grants have been awarded to support over 45 clean energy projects. Grants supported installation of solar canopies and rooftops, clean energy feasibility studies, alternative fuel analyses, hybrid vehicle conversions, air source heat pump installations, and more. 

A full list of grant award winners and project descriptions can be downloaded here..

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