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

Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants Allow Communities to Advance Clean Energy Goals
For immediate release:
11/15/2019
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

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

Eric Noreen, Communications Director

BOSTON The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded 20 grants totaling $247,520 to cities and towns across the Commonwealth to develop clean energy projects. The Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grants, awarded to designated Green Communities or municipalities in the Green Communities designation process, 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 energy projects.

“The goals of reducing energy costs, meeting our greenhouse gas reduction targets, and creating a clean energy future are shared across the Commonwealth by our municipal and ratepayer partners,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grants lay essential foundations for the municipal and regional bodies to develop and implement critical clean energy projects as Massachusetts continues to move towards our shared clean energy future.”

“The Commonwealth’s cities and towns are on the front line of Massachusetts’ clean energy efforts and our administration is pleased to continue to support them,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities team continues to lead an important partnership with cities and towns to help them find clean energy solutions and energy efficiency policies and practices.”

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

“Energy projects are often complicated endeavors that require technical expertise that might not be readily available to many municipalities,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “META grants provide key resources that can move cities and towns closer to realizing new clean energy projects that reduce energy costs and emissions.”

“The Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities program is an innovative partnership that connects state and local resources to increase the adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency policies and practices,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “META grants consistently act as the catalyst for local energy projects to move from concept to reality.”

The following municipalities and agencies received awards:

Grantee

Brief Description

Amount

Acton-Boxborough RSD

Solar PV, Resiliency, Storage

$        12,500

Buckland

Community Shared Solar

$        12,500

Cambridge

Energy Storage

$        12,500

Carver

Solar PV, clean energy procurement

$        12,500

Chelsea

Resiliency

$        12,500

Framingham

Commissioning study

$        12,500

Heath

Solar, Community Shared Solar, Energy Storage

$        12,500

Holliston

Solar PV

$        12,500

Holyoke

Water System Efficiency

$        12,500

Malden

Commissioning study

$        12,500

North Andover SD

Commissioning study

$        12,500

North Middlesex RSD

Engineering Bid Spec

$        12,500

Quincy

Solar

$        12,500

Rowe

Heating System Conversion

$        12,500

Rowley

ASHRAE II Audit

$        10,020

Shrewsbury

Energy Efficiency Bid Spec

$        12,500

Wenham

Commissioning study

$        12,500

Weymouth

Solar PV

$        12,500

Winchester

Heating system conversion

$        12,500

Woburn

Zero-net energy design

$        12,500

“This grant funding paves the way for local communities like Shrewsbury to achieve our shared clean energy goals,” said State Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury). “Massachusetts continues to be a leader in pursuing clean energy options and this funding is evidence of our long-term commitment toward the next generation of energy possibilities at the local level.” 

“I am grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for recognizing the town of Shrewsbury’s commitment to energy efficiency and supporting our local efforts with a META grant,” said State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury). “The funding will be used for technical assistance to develop procurement documents for energy efficiency measures at Parker Road Preschool, another important project for us as a Green Community.”

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 Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.

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

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 

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