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Tewksbury Awarded Money to Fund Clean Energy Projects

Jul 10, 2015 03:43PM ● By Kieran Gilman
Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Judith Judson announced nearly $8.9 million in grants to fund clean energy projects in 51 communities across the Commonwealth.

“Our administration is proud to help Green Communities reduce their energy use so they can reinvest their financial savings in schools, police, fire, municipal infrastructure and other local initiatives,” said Governor Charlie Baker.“Massachusetts’ leadership in energy efficiency continues to help municipalities around the state secure long-term energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“The Green Communities grants will allow municipalities to save a considerable amount in long-term energy costs, as well as to protect the environment and make progress toward the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals,” said Polito. “These grants further reiterate the Commonwealth’s ability to work with cities and towns to ensure Massachusetts continues to be a leader in clean energy and energy efficiency.”

Tewksbury has been awarded $210,739. The money will will be used for:
  • Public Library, variable frequency drives on air handling units and exterior lighting retrofit
  • Food Pantry, installation of a unit heater and interior lighting retrofit
  • Senior Center, retro-commissioning
  • Ryan Middle School, interior LED lighting retrofit and lighting controls
  • South Fire Station, exterior LED lighting retrofit
  • Tewksbury High School, an interior LED lighting retrofit.
DOER’s Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

The grants, totaling $8,894,583, are funded through proceeds from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions and Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Projects funded include energy efficiency measure such as ventilation system upgrades, high efficiency lighting, installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities, LED streetlights, oil-to-gas heating system conversions, electric vehicles and solar hot water projects.

These initiatives are projected to result in annual costs savings of $2.1 million, energy savings equivalent to the annual consumption of nearly 550 Massachusetts homes and greenhouse gas reductions equal to removing more than 1,100 cars from the road.

“The cities and towns receiving these awards have already shown outstanding clean energy leadership – first by becoming Green Communities and then by carrying out cost-saving projects funded through their previous Green Communities grants,” said DOER Commissioner Judson. “The new projects will continue to build upon that success.”

The 136 Green Communities across the state are home to more than half of Massachusetts’ population. All Green Communities commit to reducing their municipal energy consumption by 20 percent after five years. 

DOER’s Green Communities Division awarded funding for projects in the following communities: Acton, Acushnet, Amesbury, Andover, Arlington, Athol, Auburn, Bedford, Belchertown, Beverly, Boston, Bridgewater, Brookline, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Easton, Gardner, Gloucester, Hanover, Harvard, Kingston, Lakeville, Lenox, Lexington, Lincoln, Lowell, Mashpee, Maynard, Melrose, Milton, Monson, Natick, Newburyport, Newton, Palmer, Provincetown, Revere, Rowe, Salem, Sherborn, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Truro, Watertown, Westford, Westwood, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn.
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