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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Makes $7.5 Million in Gap Energy Grants Available to Municipalities, Non-Profits and Small Businesses

For immediate release:
4/22/2022
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Makes $7.5 Million in Gap Energy Grants Available to Municipalities, Non-Profits and Small Businesses

Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs

BOSTONContinuing with its efforts to provide Massachusetts municipalities, non-profits and small businesses with clean energy assistance, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced the launch of the Gap III Energy Grant Program, which is designed to implement energy efficiency and clean energy facility upgrades to qualified entities. Importantly, the program will make available up to $5 million to municipal drinking water and wastewater facilities, and up to $2.5 million to non-profit affordable housing, food- and agricultural-producing organizations and small business food-distribution and processing organizations across the Commonwealth. Interested entities can apply or learn more about the program, which is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), by visiting the program’s webpage.

“The Gap III Energy Grant Program will complement the Commonwealth’s proactive work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing significant funding to reduce energy use, lower operating costs, increase energy efficiency, or install clean energy at these facilities,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “This innovative grant program will help the state reach our emissions limit of a 50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2050.”

The Gap grant program will expedite implementation of previously assessed energy efficiency and clean energy generation projects at qualified facilities. The program is designed to fill the last “gap” in project financing as facilities utilize utility incentives and other sources to build on install selected energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Previously reserved for municipal water facilities, the Gap grant has expanded its program to allow non-profits and small businesses in the agricultural, affordable housing, food-producing, and processing space to gain access to additional funding to implement energy savings that will reach deeper into communities across Massachusetts.

“The Gap Energy Grant Program seeks to build on its success in the water utility sector by providing Gap funding to additional facilities, which will present significant opportunities for energy cost savings through building energy efficiency upgrades, installation of clean energy, and energy storage systems,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “This expanded program will provide an opportunity for eligible entities to reinvest the financial savings into their facilities and communities, and move us closer to the state’s decarbonization and emissions reduction goals.”

These new sectors will benefit as municipal water facilities have in the past two rounds of Gap grants – helping 64 drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities increase operational efficiencies, while also saving more than $2.5 million in energy costs and producing more than 24,000 megawatt-hours in electricity savings from efficiency and on-site renewable power generation and reducing carbon emissions by nearly 18,000 metric tons each year.

It was very helpful to receive a $200,000 Gap II energy grant that jump-started the installation of a soft start and variable speed drive to the Sugar House pumping station and our 150-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system installation at the Pratt Field Wellhead Area,” said Bernardston Fire and Water District Commissioner Bill Pachalis. “As a result, the District has achieved 'Net-Zero' energy status by reducing electric ​demand and generating over 200,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity per year to power the water pumps and associated equipment to serve the water needs of our community.”

For more information on the new Gap III sectors and grant application requirements, please visit MassDEP’s Massachusetts Gap Energy Grant Program webpage.

MassDEP’s mission is to protect and enhance the Commonwealth’s natural resources – air, water and land – to provide for the health, safety and welfare of all people, and a clean and safe environment for future generations. In carrying out this mission, MassDEP commits to address and advance environmental justice and equity for all people of the Commonwealth, provide meaningful, inclusive opportunities for people to participate in agency decisions that affect their lives and ensure a diverse workforce that reflects the communities served by the agency.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Makes $7.5 Million in Gap Energy Grants Available to Municipalities, Non-Profits and Small Businesses

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