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Green Communities Competitive Grants Awarded $2.8m to Fund 55 Clean Energy Projects in 19 Communities Across Mass.

State grant will augment clean energy projects in Acton schools

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia have awarded $2.8 million in grants to fund 55 clean energy projects in 19 communities across the state, including some at Acton and Acton-Boxborough schools.

The first round of so-called Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants, according to a press release.

The grants, totaling $2,756,494, are funded through proceeds from Alternative Compliance Payment received from retail electricity suppliers under the state’s Renewable and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard programs.

The goal of the Green Communities Competitive Grant program is to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the clean energy goals of previously-designated Green Communities.

The projects range from upgrades to ventilation systems and lighting to installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities.

In Acton, grants totaling $141,704 will be used for projects at the R.J. Grey Junior High School, as well as three elementary schools – the Douglas, Gates and Conant Schools.

There are 86 so-called Green Communities across the state and 42 percent of Massachusetts residents – 2.7 million people – live in Green Communities.

To qualify for Green Community status, communities must demonstrate commitment to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent.

Officials said such a commitment collectively equates to the annual energy consumption of more than 13,000 Massachusetts homes and the greenhouse gases from more than 16,800 cars.

Numbers to know
$141,498 clean energy grants for Acton and Acton-Boxborough schools
$35,704 R.J. Grey School demand control ventilation
$40,554  R.J. Grey School reset unit ventilator controls
$17,540 R.J. Grey School replace caulking
$2,640  R.J. Grey School boiler and rooftop unit recommissioning
$3,285 Douglas, Gates and Conant Schools boiler reset
$16,415 Douglas School caulking
$12,680 Gates School caulking
$12,680 Conant School caulking
Source: Department of Energy Resources

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