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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants for Municipal Clean Energy Projects

For immediate release:
10/16/2020
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants for Municipal Clean Energy Projects

Eric Noreen, Communications Director

BOSTONThe Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $250,000 in grants to support the development of clean energy projects in 20 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. The grants, funded by the Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) program, are used by Massachusetts municipalities, regional school districts, and water/wastewater districts to aid in the management of projects or the performance of studies to support the development of clean energy in the Commonwealth.

“Meeting our ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050 will require an all hands-on deck approach, and municipal partners play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our climate goals,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grants provide crucial technical assistance to allow cities and towns across the Commonwealth to develop projects that will increase energy efficiency and clean energy use in municipal buildings and vehicles.”

“The municipalities receiving these grants will be in a position to develop and implement significant clean energy and energy conservation projects,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our municipal partners across the Commonwealth deserve immense credit for the work they do on a daily basis to move us toward our shared clean energy future.”

Open to all 351 cities and towns, META grants fund the services of expert consultants and contractors to assist with a diverse array of local energy projects. Applicants in the grant round that opened in July were eligible to apply for grants of up to $12,500.

“This technical assistance will help city and town officials across the Commonwealth create and implement sustainable, cost-effective, and innovative clean energy and energy efficiency projects for the benefit of Massachusetts communities,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Energy innovation and investment at the local level is key to making meaningful change in reducing our carbon footprint and improving the environment for all residents across the Commonwealth.”

“State and local partnerships are critical to creating, developing, and implementing clean energy and energy efficiency projects that deliver benefits to residents throughout Massachusetts,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock. “Technical assistance grants act as an informational and strategic resource for town and city officials to move energy projects forward in all aspects of development, planning, strategy, and execution.”

The following municipalities and agencies received awards:

Grantee

Brief Description

Amount

Ashburnham

Heating System Bid spec

$12,500

Ashfield

Heating System Bid spec

$12,500

Belchertown

ASHRAE II Audit & commissioning

$12,500

Berlin

Solar PV

$12,500

Bernardston

Solar PV

$12,500

Eastham

Resiliency

$12,500

Lancaster

Solar PV

$12,500

Longmeadow

Community Shared Solar

$12,500

Medfield

Solar PV

$12,500

Methuen

Energy Storage

$12,500

New Bedford

Resiliency

$12,500

Orleans

Solar PV

$12,500

Princeton

ASHRAE II Audits

$12,500

Rockport

Solar PV

$12,500

Shelburne

Heating System Bid spec

$12,500

Sherborn

Heating System conversion study

$12,500

Stoneham

Commissioning

$12,500

Westborough

Resiliency

$12,500

Westport

Commissioning

$12,500

Yarmouth

Resiliency

$12,500

“This award will support important local clean energy projects and I am thrilled that Westport was included alongside so many worthy communities,” said State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I applaud the Baker-Polito Administration for their continued support of our cities and towns in the effort to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”

“We look forward to seeing what the town selects as part of their clean energy initiative, this grant will bring necessary assistance to Westport. This is a great step forward in our work as a green community,” said State Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport).

“I am thrilled that Belchertown and Longmeadow were named META grant recipients which will help them reduce energy costs and invest in more efficient energy sources,” said State Senator Eric P. Lesser (D-Longmeadow). “Clean energy is good for the environment and also enables us to implement cost-saving and sustainable solutions for our cities and towns.”

"It is rewarding, as we continue to go through one of the most difficult times we have seen, to know that our other priorities are still being met. This META grant will help Longmeadow continue with their commitment to being a green community,” said State Representative Brian M. Ashe (D-Longmeadow). “I'm grateful the Baker-Polito Administration has continued their support of local community efforts to work towards more clean energy projects.”

Projects and studies receiving funding will support the performance of solar photovoltaic site evaluation, heating system replacements, ASHRAE Level II audits, technical analysis of energy use at drinking water and wastewater facilities and technical assistance with efficient building planning, maintenance, and operation. Part of DOER’s Green Communities Division, the grants are funded through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 

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