Wayland is among 43 municipalities receiving part of $7.9 in grants for clean energy projects.
Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Acting Commissioner Meg Lusardi today awarded $7.9 million in grants to fund dozens of clean energy projects in 43 municipalities across Massachusetts.
DOER’s Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to designated Green Communities that have successfully invested their previously-awarded Green Communities grants. Awards are capped at $250,000 per municipality.
“Thanks in part to the work done in cities and towns across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts has changed its whole approach to obtaining and using energy,” said Secretary Bartlett. “This funding will allow these communities to continue the good work they have already begun.”
The grants, totaling $7,905,438, are funded through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The goal of the Green Communities Competitive Grant program is to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the clean energy goals of previously-designated Green Communities.
“These 43 municipalities demonstrated their commitment to clean energy leadership in becoming Green Communities and investing their initial grants in projects that cut municipal energy use,” said Acting Commissioner Lusardi. “With the nearly $8 million in additional grants we’re announcing today, they will make further progress toward energy independence while locking in long-term savings for local taxpayers and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
There are 123 Green Communities across the Commonwealth, representing 48 percent of Massachusetts residents.
Wayland's grant is being used for the following projects:
Wayland - $250,000
· $79,499 Middle School – EMS
· $72,797 Eight schools/town buildings – Weatherization and air sealing
· $19,745 Claypit and Happy Hollow Schools – VFDs for pumps
· $12,846 Project administration
· $65,113 Public Library – Oil to gas conversion with high efficiency boiler