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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $545,000 Grant to Franklin County Sheriff’s Department

Funding Will Assist in Installation of a 436kW Solar Canopy
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  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

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Kevin O’Shea,

Boston — August 17, 2017– The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded a $545,000 grant to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to support the installation of a 436kW solar canopy at the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction in Greenfield. This grant marks the seventh solar canopy grant awarded by the Leading by Example State Solar Canopy grant program from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

“Massachusetts is a national leader in solar energy, with over 70,000 completed solar projects statewide,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration is proud to partner with Sheriff Donelan and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to reduce the department’s energy use and reinvest the savings in critical functions.”

“The Commonwealth’s state, regional, and local governments continue to lead by example in adopting clean energy at their facilities,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The solar canopy funded through this grant, paired with the sheriff department’s additional energy conservation efforts, is vital for building a cleaner, more resilient energy future for the county and state.”

The solar canopy installation is part of a comprehensive Accelerated Energy Program (AEP) project managed by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), which includes over 20 additional energy and water conservation measures. The 436 kW solar canopy is expected to produce approximately 439,000 kWh of electricity each year, enough to offset 26% of the facility’s consumption and save approximately $92,000 in annual energy costs. The project also includes two Level II Dual-head EV Charging stations as well as pre-wiring for additional three dual head stations to be added in the future. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering the facility’s electricity costs, the solar canopy will also provide shade and shelter from the elements for all visitors and staff.

“The Department of Energy Resource’s Leading by Example program gives our partners across Massachusetts the tools they need to reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working collaboratively to meet our ambitious Global Warming Solutions Act emissions reductions goals.”

“The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is proud to be doing our part to reduce our carbon foot print and save the taxpayers money,” said Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan. “Doing this project here reminds us all that reversing global warming is everyone’s responsibility, even a public safety agency.”

The 2015 Leading by Example Clean Energy Grant Program for Solar Canopies & Innovative Solar seeks to increase installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) parking canopies and innovative solar PV technologies at state facilities. Solar Canopies provide opportunities to state facilities to generate clean renewable electricity at operating parking areas, while reducing heat absorption on parking surfaces and shading parked vehicles. Large solar PV canopy projects will also assist in meeting the energy goals of the Leading by Example Program and can substantially reduce facility energy costs.

“The benefits of this solar canopy go beyond reduced energy costs and emissions for Franklin County, offering employees and visitors alike an option to charge their electric vehicle,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “DOER looks forward to a continued partnership with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and all of our partners to increase the adoption of clean and efficient energy at government facilities.”

“This project speaks to the ongoing and strong partnership between DCAMM and DOER to contribute to Massachusetts’ leadership in renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint, “said Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Commissioner Carol Gladstone.

The program is funded by an allocation of Alternative Compliance Payment (ACP) funds. ACP funds are paid by electric retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable or Alternative Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard programs.

“This is great news for the Sheriff's Department and the environment,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “This project can help the Sheriff balance his budget and reduce our carbon footprint which the Mayor and Administration have been working so hard to do.”

“This grant award is great news for the Franklin County Sheriff's office and the greater community,” said State Representative Paul Mark (D-Peru). “It will result in savings on energy costs in the long term and reaffirms the Commonwealth's commitment to renewable, sustainable energy as well as promoting a cleaner environment.”

The Leading by Example (LBE) program works with state agencies to meet specific target for greenhouse gas emission reductions, energy consumption reduction and renewable energy procurement. Since 2007, state agencies have made significant progress, including reducing GHG emissions by 26 percent, generating 15 percent of electricity demand from onsite renewable and combined heat and power sources, and reducing heating oil use by 78 percent. LBE results have contributed to Massachusetts being ranked for the past five years as the number one state for energy efficiency in the country by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).


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Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 

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


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