Energy efficiency projects get boost from state

  • Athol Town Hall is one of the buildings that will upgrade its energy efficiency with a “green” grant from the state. For the Athol Daily NEws/MIKE PHILLIPS

Athol Daily News Staff
Published: 7/30/2018 6:00:12 AM

ATHOL — The town is about to receive $116,762 for three energy efficiency projects.

Sen. Anne Gobi, D-Spencer, said the money will come from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Program and will be used to upgrade LED lighting for the Department of Public Works and make heating efficiency improvements to the police station and Town Hall.

“Our towns continue to look for ways to cut costs to taxpayers, while making investments and conversions in green energy,” Gobi said. “I am glad to support these important programs with necessary funding, and I thank the towns for their commitment.”

The Green Community Designation and Grant Program provides a roadmap, along with financial and technical support, to municipalities that pledge to cut municipal energy use by an ambitious and achievable goal of 20 percent over 5 years and meet four other criteria established in the Green Communities Act.

This seventh 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. Participation in the program has grown steadily since the first group of 35 municipalities achieved designation status in July of 2010 to include over 200 cities and towns and over two-thirds of the state’s population.


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