The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) has announced grants supporting 20 new wind energy projects under the Commonwealth Wind Community-Scale Wind initiative.
The CEC board of directors approved the grants, which total more than $2.5 million. The awards include design and construction grants for six new wind projects, which total more than 12 MW in capacity, and 14 feasibility studies for wind energy that would total more than 13 MW in capacity, if built.
The 20 grants go to public and private projects; educational institutions, cities and towns; and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The Commonwealth Wind Community-Scale Wind initiative is a program of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, which is funded by renewable energy charges on electric bills, generating roughly $24 million a year to support renewable energy installations and companies.
The projects receiving design and construction grants are in the towns of Charlton, Plymouth, Brewster, Harwich and Milton. Awards for the feasibility studies go to the town of Auburn, Bristol Community College, Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School District, Endicott College, the town of Gardner, Gordon College, the town of Lenox, the MBTA, Nantucket Public Schools, Spencer East Brookfield Regional School District, the town of Northborough and the city of Salem.