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Press Release  Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards Grants to Assist Municipal Clean Energy Projects

Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants Allow Communities to Advance Clean Energy Goals
For immediate release:
4/10/2023
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
  • Green Communities Division

Media Contact for Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards Grants to Assist Municipal Clean Energy Projects

Lauren Diggin, External Affairs Manager

BostonThe Healey-Driscoll Administration today awarded 24 grants totaling $344,736 to cities and towns across the Commonwealth to support clean energy projects. The Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grants 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.

“Each year, META grants provide the catalyst for local clean energy projects to move from concept to reality, and ultimately help communities invest in their economies,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Elizabeth Mahony. “DOER is pleased to offer META grants to these 24 communities to help them reduce energy use and long-term energy costs by implementing clean energy projects and solutions.”

META grants fund the services of expert consultants and contractors to assist with a diverse array of local clean energy projects. Applicants were eligible to apply for grants of up to $15,000. The following municipalities and agencies received awards:

Municipality

META Category

Grant amount

Andover

Energy Resiliency

$15,000

Arlington

Fleet Assessment

$10,000

Athol

ASHRAE audit/Water efficiency

$14,790

Attleboro

Renewable Thermal Studies

$15,000

Becket

Energy Storage

$9,361

Edgartown

Energy Resiliency

$10,585

Haverhill

Renewable Thermal Studies

$15,000

Holyoke

Renewable Thermal Studies

$15,000

Ipswich

Owners Agent Services

$15,000

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Renewable Thermal Studies

$15,000

Methuen

Energy Resiliency

$15,000

Middleborough

ASHRAE Audit

$15,000

Monterey

Community Shared Solar

$15,000

Nahant

Renewable Thermal Studies

$15,000

New Salem

Energy Resiliency

$15,000

North Adams

Retro-Commissioning

$15,000

Northampton

Renewable Thermal Studies

$15,000

Norwood

Fleet Assessment

$15,000

Oak Bluffs

Energy Resiliency

$15,000

Sharon

Fleet Assessment

$15,000

Topsfield

Renewable Thermal Studies

$15,000

Wenham

Renewable Thermal Studies

$15,000

Whately

Fleet Assessment

$15,000

Williamsburg

Retro-Commissioning

$15,000

 

“The Cape and Islands are one of the most vulnerable regions in the Commonwealth to the threats of climate change. I’m grateful to DOER for their support of two clean energy projects on Martha’s Vineyard,” said State Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth). “Now more than ever, we must prioritize innovative climate investments that help to safeguard our planet for generations to come.”

“I am thrilled that Edgartown and Oak Bluffs have received DOER Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grant funding that together totals over $25,000 to help develop their clean energy initiatives,” said State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro). “These monies will in part support a solar plus storage resiliency study at a closed landfill. Investing in a clean energy future is necessary to ensure future generations can continue to thrive on Martha’s Vineyard. Thank you to the Healey-Driscoll administration for their stalwart commitment to these critical climate-friendly projects.”

“Thank you to the Healey-Driscoll Administration and our partners at DOER for awarding the communities of Attleboro and Sharon $15,000 each in Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grants. This funding will certainly go a long way towards supporting the development of local energy projects to ensure both communities are operating at their highest and most efficient energy potential,” said State Senator Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough). 

Funded municipal projects and studies support assessing municipal fleets for electrification, building decarbonization, building retro-commissioning, and ASHRAE Level II audits.

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Media Contact for Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards Grants to Assist Municipal Clean Energy Projects

  • 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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