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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $6 Million in Green Communities Grants

50 Communities Receive Funds for Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Projects
For immediate release:
1/03/2023
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
  • Green Communities Division

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $6 Million in Green Communities Grants

Lauren Diggin, External Affairs Manager

BostonThe Baker-Polito Administration today announced $6,180,510 in Green Communities competitive grants to 50 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. With today’s announcement, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded nearly $127 million since 2015 to Green Communities for Designation and Competitive Grants through the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The grants will fund various projects, including the acquisitions of hybrid police cruisers, battery-electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations. Projects also include ventilation system upgrades, weatherization, and decarbonization of municipal buildings and facilities. Additionally, thirty-six percent of the grant awards are supporting building electrification projects.

“The work of our cities and towns to implement these energy efficiency and renewable energy projects supported by the Green Communities Program is crucial to the Commonwealth meeting its climate goals and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration has been proud to support municipal projects that reduce long-term energy costs for our cities and towns while making the Commonwealth a cleaner, healthier and more affordable place to live.”

“The 290 Green Communities across the Commonwealth are leaders in Massachusetts’ efforts to reduce energy use, emissions, and costs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are proud of the successful partnerships between the state and our municipalities, for each communities commitment to move innovative energy efficiency and clean energy projects forward, and the work to deliver emissions-free, affordable, equitable, and renewable energy to our residents and business owners.”

Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities’ clean energy goals. Two-hundred ninety Massachusetts cities and towns, which account for 89 percent of the Commonwealth’s population, have currently earned the Green Communities designation. This 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. Grants are capped at $200,000 per municipality, with the exception of larger multi-year projects, which are capped at $500,000. Funding for these grants is available through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

“Massachusetts Green Communities are critical partners working to help achieve the Commonwealth’s clean energy and emissions goals by collectively decreasing our carbon footprints, reducing municipal energy use, and advancing clean energy technologies,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “The clean energy projects funded by these grants will assist communities across Massachusetts to become cleaner and healthier places to live and work while continuing to establish the state as a national leader in energy efficiency and clean energy.”

“The grants awarded to these 50 cities and towns will help reduce emissions from buildings, make our transportation cleaner, invest in the local economy, and are a further step in helping Massachusetts achieve a net-zero economy,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock

The following municipalities received grant awards:

Municipality

Approved Grant Request $

Municipality

Approved Grant Request $

Acton

           100,000

Maynard

                  68,837

Ashburnham

             10,000

Medway

                   9,887

Bedford

             50,000

New Braintree

                  63,851

Bellingham

             80,573

Newton

                100,000

Beverly

           500,000

North Andover

                139,993

Brockton

           198,263

Northampton

                  60,283

Burlington

           129,078

Pembroke

                136,193

Cambridge

             97,461

Rehoboth

                199,485

Canton

             85,814

Rutland

                  97,272

Carver

           199,984

Salisbury

                134,318

Charlton

           200,000

Sandisfield

                  65,129

Dartmouth

           105,381

Shutesbury

                178,502

Dedham

           200,000

Southbridge

                130,216

Dracut

           197,610

Spencer

                170,334

Framingham

             59,600

Stoneham

                170,526

Georgetown

             71,944

Sturbridge

                199,923

Gill

             42,480

Sudbury

                  15,000

Halifax

           200,000

Sutton

                100,000

Hanson

             20,460

Swampscott

                  61,626

Harvard

             27,173

Uxbridge

                200,000

Leverett

             97,080

Wenham

                  65,127

Lexington

             50,000

West Newbury

                  32,000

Littleton

             74,024

Westport

                467,000

Malden

           173,237

Winchester

                  84,326

Marion

           194,065

Winchendon

                  66,449

 

“Westport has continued to be in the forefront as a community that has invested in the community's goals for clean energy. As a result, Westport will receive $467,000 as a recipient of the Green Communities Competitive Grant, to further support the outstanding work the community has already begun,” said State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport). “Congratulations to Westport and the other 49 communities.”

“We must continue to invest in a green economy if we hope to achieve our clean energy goals,” said State Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem). “I would like to thank all our Green Communities, including Beverly, who continue to make the conscious choice to preserve and protect our planet in all their decisions. By investing in the well-being of our environment today we can ensure that future generations have a better tomorrow. Congratulations on this well-deserved funding.” 

“I am incredibly proud to represent Westport, their commitment to environmental stewardship across all avenues is exemplary and their naming as a ‘Green Community’ is a tremendous accomplishment,” said State Representative Paul A. Schmid, III (D-Westport). “Thank you to the Baker-Polito Administration for making this possible.”

“I appreciate the Baker-Polito administration for providing this critical funding for the City of Beverly. This grant will assist in the continued renovation of the Beverly Public Library and conversion of its heating to an economically friendly geothermal system,” said State Representative Jerald A. Parisella (D-Beverly). “I am happy the City is being recognized for the important renewable energy projects currently underway and those in the planning process. This type of project plays an important role in our region’s economy and shows Beverly and the Commonwealth are leaders in combating global warming.”

Representing total cost savings of over $700,00 annually and leveraging utility incentives of over $1.9 million, once completed, the grant-supported projects are estimated to yield energy savings of nearly 26,000 MMBtus, which translates to the amount of energy consumed by 202 Massachusetts households. In GHG terms, the projects are estimated to reduce emissions by 1,777 metric tons every year – roughly equal to taking 374 cars off the road.

Since 2010, DOER has awarded more than $166 million to Green Communities grants. For additional information on awarded projects and funding amounts, please click here.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $6 Million in Green Communities Grants

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 

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

Green Communities Division 

The Green Communities Division (GCD) provides grants, technical assistance, and local support from Regional Coordinators to help municipalities reduce energy use and costs by implementing clean energy projects in municipal buildings, facilities, and schools.

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