With energy grants, Franklin County towns look to upgrade buildings but maintain style (Greenfield Recorder 7/23/18)
Six towns in Franklin County and the North Quabbin are getting money for projects related to improving energy efficiency and transitioning to renewable sources of energy.
The grants, ranging from about $25,000 to an upper limit of $250,000, are part of the state Department of Energy Resources’s Green Communities program, “an important partnership with cities and towns to help them find clean energy solutions that reduce long-term energy costs and strengthen local economies,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson.
To be eligible for the program, a town must meet criteria and provide the Department of Energy Resources with a five-year plan for reducing its municipal energy use by 20 percent.
Upon entering the program, each town is awarded a grant, the amount of which is based on population and the scope of the improvement projects outlined by the town in its application. The grants awarded this year were “competitive grants” that a town can only apply for once it has completed any projects for which it was already awarded grant money. Eighty of the 120 Green Communities were awarded grants this year. (read more)
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