On July 14th, Governor Patrick announced $8.1 million in Green Communities grants. These grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects went to the Massachusetts towns and cities that were the first to step up to becoming Massachusetts Green Communities.
Here’s a look at what some of our comparable communities received:
- Acton: $150,794 for energy conservation measures at the public library, an HVAC analysis of town hall, tankless hot water heaters and an energy education and outreach program
- Andover: $160,329 for a municipal lighting retrofit project
- Arlington: $200,188 to improve energy efficiency of lighting and steam traps, and for an energy management system at the Hardy School
- Hopkinton: $137,502 for various municipal building energy efficiency measures
- Lexington: $158,083 to buy down the cost of a solar PV project for multiple municipal buildings
- Lincoln: $140,294 for school and other town building energy efficiency measures
- Newton: $179,500 to be leveraged with other funding to do energy efficiency measures as part of an energy managements services contract
- Natick: $173,526 for a solar PV power purchase agreement at the middle school, for the incremental cost of hybrid vehicles, and for carbon dioxide sensors at town hall
We’re working to make Needham a Massachusetts Green Community so that next time, Needham is on that list of grant recipients.
The Green Communities program is funded at $10 million per year from the proceeds of the RGGI greenhouse gas auctions that take place four times a year – a dedicated funding source not subject to legislative or executive cuts.