BOSTON– State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), and Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow) announced that the Department of Energy and Environmental Resources (DOER) has awarded $104,287 in grants awarded to Maynard to fund various clean energy and efficiency initiatives. The grant award will be used for an interior LED lighting retrofit at the Fowler School and a town wide streetlight LED conversion.
“I am pleased that the Baker-Polito administration and the Department of Environmental Resources have provided Green Communities grants to the community of Maynard,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge. “Maynard has made great strides in reducing energy use and embracing alternative energy since they first became a Green Community, and this additional state funding will allow them to do even more to combat global warming and reduce energy costs.”
“The Green Communities grant will keep Maynard at the forefront of new clean energy development and initiatives in our state,” said Representative Hogan. “Knowing that the administration recognized Maynard as a leader in green energy policy is a testament to the dedication of our local leaders to renewable, reliable energy resources.”
Across the state, these initiatives and others like them 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.
In total, 51 cities and towns across the Commonwealth designated as Green Communities were awarded $8,894,583 in funding. The grants are funded through proceeds from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions and Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.
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.
Information on grant amounts and project details can be found here.