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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $13 Million in Green Communities Grants

103 Communities Receive Funds for
Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Projects

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $13,000,558 in Green Communities competitive grants to 103 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. With today’s announcement, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has awarded over $136 million to Green Communities in Designation Grants and Competitive Grants since 2010.

“The Green Communities program continues to make significant progress in helping municipalities reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is committed to supporting clean energy and energy efficiency efforts that make the Commonwealth’s cities and towns cleaner, healthier, and more affordable places to live.”

“As we work to meet our net zero by 2050 emissions goals, the Green Communities program gives our dedicated municipal partners the resources they need to continue making progress in increasing energy efficiency and lowering energy costs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to seeing the continued growth in energy innovation and energy savings that these grants will enable in towns and cities across the Commonwealth.”

Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. 271 Massachusetts cities and towns have earned the Green Communities designation, which accounts for 84 percent of the Commonwealth’s population.

This ninth annual round of DOER Green Communities competitive grants is awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities’ clean energy goals. Grants are capped at $200,000 per municipality. Funding for these grants is available through proceeds from carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

“The Green Communities program helps cities and towns make important investments at the local level to combat climate change by reducing emissions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Air-source heat pumps, ventilation system upgrades, and electric vehicle charging stations are just some of the exciting new projects that these grants will fund in order to increase energy efficiency and clean energy innovation in municipalities across the state.”

“Municipalities play a crucial role in achieving the Governor’s ambitious net zero by 2050 emissions target,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock. “Today’s announcement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both the Green Communities team and the many hardworking and dedicated municipal partners across the state who successfully implement these projects that lower energy costs and provide long-term greenhouse gas savings.”

The grants announced today fund a range of projects from ventilation system upgrades and high efficiency lighting to the installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities. Also included are the installations of air-source heat pumps, hybrid police cruisers, and electric vehicle charging stations.

The following municipalities received grant awards:

Acton $99,411 Hopkinton $196,521 Salem $76,872
Acushnet $153,358 Lancaster $200,000 Scituate $198,341
Agawam $177,396 Leicester $200,000 Shrewsbury $184,302
Amesbury $84,131 Leominster $68,490 Somerville $99,605
Amherst $125,998 Leverett $17,192 Southborough $200,000
Andover $146,770 Lexington $81,419 Springfield $200,000
Arlington $100,000 Lincoln $53,715 Stockbridge $13,053
Ashburnham $10,620 Littleton $200,000 Stoneham $200,000
Ashland $71,021 Lunenburg $69,361 Stoughton $195,554
Athol $22,036 Malden $165,365 Stow $70,697
Auburn $68,020 Marion $120,238 Sturbridge $176,918
Becket $31,600 Marshfield $200,000 Sudbury $96,686
Beverly $62,535 Mashpee $200,000 Tewksbury $68,382
Blackstone $38,340 Maynard $38,533 Tisbury $63,621
Blandford $110,764 Medfield $139,316 Uxbridge $200,000
Boxford $200,000 Medway $152,488 Ware $198,339
Canton $200,000 Merrimac $200,000 Warren $22,102
Chelmsford $100,000 Millbury $179,150 Warwick $86,564
Chelsea $200,000 Millis $183,582 Wayland $150,827
Cohasset $138,192 Millville $122,404 Wellesley $137,920
Dalton $30,030 Milton $81,898 Wellfleet $137,761
Dartmouth $200,000 Natick $100,000 Wenham $133,923
Deerfield $165,754 New Braintree $173,109 West Boylston $105,376
Dudley $191,170 New Salem $35,000 West Newbury $75,815
Duxbury $161,106 Newburyport $200,000 West Tisbury $12,500
Framingham $200,000 Newton $100,000 Westborough $153,876
Franklin $30,000 North Andover $125,686 Westfield $168,740
Gardner $17,896 Northbridge $164,274 Westford $95,000
Gill $53,400 Northfield $162,303 Weston $199,999
Granby $195,175 Pepperell $167,129 Westwood $100,000
Great_Barrington $163,725 Provincetown $138,350 Weymouth $194,661
Hamilton $112,816 Quincy $200,000 Whitman $9,000
Hanover $93,864 Revere $173,602 Winchester $100,000
Holliston $173,701 Rockland $52,719 Woburn $100,000
Rockport $183,454

All Green Communities commit to reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years. These commitments amount to collective savings of 2,534,787 MMBtu, energy use equivalent to heating and powering nearly 20,000 homes and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 233,640 tons, equivalent to taking over 45,000 cars off the road.

For additional information on awarded projects and funding amounts, please see here.

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