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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $13 Million in Green Communities Grants

103 Communities Receive Funds for Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Projects
For immediate release:
8/27/2020
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $13 Million in Green Communities Grants

Eric Noreen, Communications Director

BOSTONThe Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $13,000,558 in Green Communities competitive grants to 103 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. With today’s announcement, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has awarded over $136 million to Green Communities in Designation Grants and Competitive Grants since 2010.

“The Green Communities program continues to make significant progress in helping municipalities reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is committed to supporting clean energy and energy efficiency efforts that make the Commonwealth’s cities and towns cleaner, healthier, and more affordable places to live.”

“As we work to meet our net zero by 2050 emissions goals, the Green Communities program gives our dedicated municipal partners the resources they need to continue making progress in increasing energy efficiency and lowering energy costs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to seeing the continued growth in energy innovation and energy savings that these grants will enable in towns and cities across the Commonwealth.”

Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. 271 Massachusetts cities and towns have earned the Green Communities designation, which accounts for 84 percent of the Commonwealth’s population.

This ninth annual round of DOER Green Communities competitive grants is awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities’ clean energy goals. Grants are capped at $200,000 per municipality. Funding for these grants is available through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

“The Green Communities program helps cities and towns make important investments at the local level to combat climate change by reducing emissions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. Air-source heat pumps, ventilation system upgrades, and electric vehicle charging stations are just some of the exciting new projects that these grants will fund in order to increase energy efficiency and clean energy innovation in municipalities across the state.”

“Municipalities play a crucial role in achieving the Governor’s ambitious net zero by 2050 emissions target,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock.Today’s announcement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both the Green Communities team and the many hardworking and dedicated municipal partners across the state who successfully implement these projects that lower energy costs and provide long-term greenhouse gas savings.”

The grants announced today fund a range of projects from ventilation system upgrades and high efficiency lighting to the installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities. Also included are the installations of air-source heat pumps, hybrid police cruisers, and electric vehicle charging stations.

The following municipalities received grant awards:

Acton

$99,411

Hopkinton

$196,521

Salem

$76,872

Acushnet

$153,358

Lancaster

$200,000

Scituate

$198,341

Agawam

$177,396

Leicester

$200,000

Shrewsbury

$184,302

Amesbury

$84,131

Leominster

$68,490

Somerville

$99,605

Amherst

$125,998

Leverett

$17,192

Southborough

$200,000

Andover

$146,770

Lexington

$81,419

Springfield

$200,000

Arlington

$100,000

Lincoln

$53,715

Stockbridge

$13,053

Ashburnham

$10,620

Littleton

$200,000

Stoneham

$200,000

Ashland

$71,021

Lunenburg

$69,361

Stoughton

$195,554

Athol

$22,036

Malden

$165,365

Stow

$70,697

Auburn

$68,020

Marion

$120,238

Sturbridge

$176,918

Becket

$31,600

Marshfield

$200,000

Sudbury

$96,686

Beverly

$62,535

Mashpee

$200,000

Tewksbury

$68,382

Blackstone

$38,340

Maynard

$38,533

Tisbury

$63,621

Blandford

$110,764

Medfield

$139,316

Uxbridge

$200,000

Boxford

$200,000

Medway

$152,488

Ware

$198,339

Canton

$200,000

Merrimac

$200,000

Warren

$22,102

Chelmsford

$100,000

Millbury

$179,150

Warwick

$86,564

Chelsea

$200,000

Millis

$183,582

Wayland

$150,827

Cohasset

$138,192

Millville

$122,404

Wellesley

$137,920

Dalton

$30,030

Milton

$81,898

Wellfleet

$137,761

Dartmouth

$200,000

Natick

$100,000

Wenham

$133,923

Deerfield

$165,754

New Braintree

$173,109

West Boylston

$105,376

Dudley

$191,170

New Salem

$35,000

West Newbury

$75,815

Duxbury

$161,106

Newburyport

$200,000

West Tisbury

$12,500

Framingham

$200,000

Newton

$100,000

Westborough

$153,876

Franklin

$30,000

North Andover

$125,686

Westfield

$168,740

Gardner

$17,896

Northbridge

$164,274

Westford

$95,000

Gill

$53,400

Northfield

$162,303

Weston

$199,999

Granby

$195,175

Pepperell

$167,129

Westwood

$100,000

Great_Barrington

$163,725

Provincetown

$138,350

Weymouth

$194,661

Hamilton

$112,816

Quincy

$200,000

Whitman

$9,000

Hanover

$93,864

Revere

$173,602

Winchester

$100,000

Holliston

$173,701

Rockland

$52,719

Woburn

$100,000

   

Rockport

$183,454

   

All Green Communities commit to reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years. These commitments amount to collective savings of 2,534,787 MMBtu, energy use equivalent to heating and powering nearly 20,000 homes and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 233,640 tons, equivalent to taking over 45,000 cars off the road.

For additional information on awarded projects and funding amounts, please see here.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $13 Million in Green Communities Grants

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 

DOER helps create a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth.
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