By ecoRI News staff
The state of Massachusetts recently awarded close to $9 million in grants to fund energy projects in 51 communities.
The Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality. The latest round of grants, totaling $8,894,583, was funded through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and alternative compliance payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Projects funded include energy-efficiency measure such as ventilation system upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, installation of insulation and energy-management systems in municipal buildings, LED streetlights, oil-to-gas heating system conversions, electric vehicles and solar hot-water projects.
These initiatives are projected to result in annual costs savings of $2.1 million, energy savings equivalent to the annual consumption of nearly 550 Massachusetts homes and greenhouse-gas reductions equal to removing more than 1,100 cars from the road, according to state officials.
The 136 Green Communities are home to more than half of the state’s population. All Green Communities commit to reducing their municipal energy consumption by 20 percent after five years.