The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $518,645 in grants to 75 cities and towns across the Commonwealth to develop clean energy projects. The Department of Energy Resource\u2019s (DOER) Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grants, which are utilized by designated Green Communities or municipalities in the designation process to better inform their clean energy decision-making, are awarded to 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.\n\n\u201cThe goals of reducing energy costs, meeting our emissions reductions targets, and building a clean energy future are shared across the Commonwealth by our municipal and ratepayer partners,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cMETA grants lay important 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.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Commonwealth\u2019s cities, towns, and regional planning authorities are on the front line of Massachusetts\u2019 clean energy revolution and our administration is pleased to be assisting in their efforts,\u201d said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cDOER\u2019s Green Communities program continues to be a crucial partner for our municipal partners as they adopt clean energy and energy efficiency policies and practices.\u201d\n\nOpen to all 351 cities and towns, as well as regional planning authorities, 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 June were eligible to apply for grants of up to $12,500. A function of DOER\u2019s Green Communities Division, the grants are funded through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.\n\n\u201cEnergy projects are often complicated endeavors that require expertise that many municipalities don\u2019t readily have access to,\u201d said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u201cMETA grants provide critical resources that can move cities and towns closer to realizing new clean energy projects that reduce energy costs and emission.\u201d\n\n\u201cDOER is committed to partnering with Massachusetts municipalities to spur clean energy innovation on the local level, allowing ratepayers to more directly benefit,\u201d said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. \u201cWe consistently hear that META grants provide the catalyst needed to get local energy projects out of the starting gate and moving toward the finish line.\u201d\n\nThe awarded funding for projects will be undertaken by the following communities and public entities:\n\nEntity\n\t\t\tAward\n\t\t\tEntity\n\t\t\tAward\n\t\t\tEntity\n\t\t\tAward\n\t\tActon Water District\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\t\tGranville\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tNortheast Metropolitan Vo-tech School\n\t\t\t$6,000\n\t\tAgawam\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tHardwick\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tOxford\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\tAmesbury\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\t\tHardwick\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tPaxton Light Department\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tAshburnham Municipal Light Plant\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tHawley\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tPelham\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tAuburn\n\t\t\t$1,875\n\t\t\tHeath\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tQuincy\n\t\t\t$3,750\n\t\tBarre\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\t\tHinsdale\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tRichmond\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tBarre\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tHolland\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tSaugus\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tBelchertown\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tHuntington\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tScituate\n\t\t\t$4,500\n\t\tBlandford\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tLancaster\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tShelburne\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\tBolton\n\t\t\t$6,750\n\t\t\tLanesborough\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tShrewsbury\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\tBrimfield\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tLeicester\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tSomerville\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\tBrockton\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tLeverett\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tSouth Hadley\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\tBuckland\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tLincoln\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\t\tSouthborough\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\tChelmsford\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\t\tLongmeadow\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tSterling\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\tChester\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tLynnfield Water District\n\t\t\t$8,520\n\t\t\tSunderland\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tChesterfield\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tMalden\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tTisbury\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tChicopee\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tManchester-by-the-Sea\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tUpton\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tCummington\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tMarshfield\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tWales\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\tDedham Westwood Walter District\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\t\tMedfield\n\t\t\t$6,000\n\t\t\tWarwick\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tDeerfield\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tMiddlefield\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tWayland\n\t\t\t$3,750\n\t\tDudley\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tMilville\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tWellfleet\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tDuxbury\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tMonson\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tWest Newbury\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tGill\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\t\tNorth Adams\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tWest Springfield\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\tGoshen\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tNorth Andover\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\t\tWestfield\n\t\t\t$7,500\n\t\tGranby\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\tNorth Attleboro Electric Dept\n\t\t\t$12,500\n\t\t\tWilliamsburg\n\t\t\t$5,000\n\t\t\u201cAs the growth of the clean energy sector continues to expand at an accelerated rate, investing in clean energy technology is a critical part of meeting our region\u2019s diverse energy needs,\u201d said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). \u201cThese vital grants are an encouraging step forward to reach our renewable energy and technology goals in the Commonwealth and help us meet our commitment to clean energy under the Global Warming Solutions Act.\u201d\n\n\u201cI am thrilled to know communities in my district are working to reduce energy costs and increase efficiency on the local level, and I congratulate them on receiving this grant funding,\u201d said State Senator Don Humason (R-Westfield). \u201cI also appreciate the Baker-Polito Administration\u2019s direct support for communities working towards this worthwhile goal.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe META grant will be extremely beneficial for Westfield,\u201d said State Representative John Velis (D-Westfield). \u201cThis grant will enable the city to continue moving towards our goals of providing access to clean, affordable energy.\u201d\n\n\u201cAs our towns strive to reduce energy costs and emissions, I\u0027m thankful that programs such as this are available across the Commonwealth,\u201d said State Representative Susannah Whipps Lee (R-Athol). \u201cI\u0027m very happy to see three towns of the Second Franklin District on the list of grant recipients.\u201d\n\n\u201cI am pleased that the Lynnfield Water District has been awarded a META Grant which will help reduce the Town\u2019s energy consumption and costs, as well as thoughtfully plan for energy efficient projects in the future,\u201d said State Senator Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn). \u201cThis investment will improve the quality of life for the residents of Lynnfield and the Commonwealth.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Baker-Polito Administration has been at the forefront of efforts to promote clean energy projects across Massachusetts,\u201d said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading). \u201cThis latest round of META grants will help further those efforts by providing our cities and towns with the funding and support they need to successfully implement these types of projects on both a local and regional basis.\u201d\n\n\u201cThese META grants are critical to helping Massachusetts meet its commitment to reduce emissions and develop more clean energy sources,\u201d said State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus). \u201cI\u2019m proud to join the Baker-Polito Administration in supporting this important program, which will provide communities with the resources needed to implement energy efficient projects throughout the Commonwealth.\u201d\n\nProjects 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 Green Community reporting and application.