Senator Eldridge, Representatives Benson and Harrington Announce $12.5K Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grants for Ayer

Funding will advance clean energy projects, improve water system efficiency

BOSTON – Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Representatives Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) and Sheila Harrington (R-Groton) announced that the Baker-Polito Administration and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) awarded $12.5K in Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grants to develop clean energy projects for Ayer.

“As a strong advocate for better water systems in our Commonwealth, I applaud the Baker-Polito Administration for securing this funding for Ayer,” said Senator Eldridge. “This funding will help gauge what is working and what we can improve on to ensure that Ayer’s water system is running as efficiently as possible.”

“I am delighted that the Governor and DOER have awarded this grant to Ayer,” said Representative Benson. “I recently spoke to town officials about the $12.5K award, and I know that they plan to put these funds to good use by improving the water infrastructure in Ayer.”

“On behalf of the Town of Ayer, I am so pleased that this Grant was awarded,” said Representative Harrington. “It will give Ayer the assistance it needs through expert consultation in order to maintain the most efficient water system possible.”

DOER’s Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grants are awarded to Massachusetts municipalities, regional school districts, and water/wastewater districts. META grants fund the services of expert consultants and contractors to aid in the negotiation and management of projects, or the performance of studies to support the development of energy projects. The grants are funded through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

The projects and studies funded this round will support the performance of solar photovoltaic site evaluation, heating system replacements, ASHRAE Level II audits, and technical analysis of energy use at drinking water and wastewater facilities.

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