The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced $3.6 million for an array of projects, including a municipal wind turbine, hybrid municipal vehicles and solar panels on town office buildings.
There are now 53 official Green Communities in Massachusetts, including 35 cities and towns named in the DOER's inaugural round of Green Communities designations last May.
‘The Green Communities program provides cities and towns with the opportunity to increase efficiency and renewable energy alternatives,’ says Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, D-Mass. ‘As we move forward with the second round of this program, our administration congratulates these municipalities who are forward thinking and support clean energy initiatives for their hometown and the commonwealth.’
The DOER's Green Communities Grant Program uses funding from auctions of carbon emissions permits under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reward communities that win Green Communities designation by meeting five clean energy benchmarks.
The town of Milton will receive $157,100 for energy-conservation measures at several municipal buildings and funding toward the installation of a wind turbine on municipal land.
The DOER calculates Green Communities grants using a formula that caps awards at $1 million and provides each community with a $125,000 base grant – plus additional amounts based on per-capita income and population, and for municipalities that meet Green Communities Criterion 1 for energy generation.