Energy grants awarded to 9 Franklin County towns

  • Attendees of the Gill annual town meeting fill the town hall Monday, May 9.

Recorder staff
Published: 9/14/2016 9:53:15 PM

A $12,500 Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grant from the state Department of Energy Resources will help Gill study the feasibility of replacing its heating system at Town Hall with a super-efficient geothermal system.

Gill was one of nine Franklin County towns to receive a technical assistance grant to help towns make informed decisions as they move toward clean-energy systems that will meet state goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act.

“META grants lay important foundations for the municipal and regional bodies, to develop and implement critical clean energy projects as Massachusetts continues to move towards our shared clean energy future,” said Gov. Charlie Baker.

Sen. President Stan Rosenberg said, “These vital grants are an encouraging step forward to reach our renewable energy and technology goals.”

Altogether, the DOER awarded about a half-million dollars worth of technical assistance grants to 75 towns and cities, of up to $12,500.

The grants went to “Green Community” towns — or those in the process of becoming Green Community towns — to assist them in making better clean-energy decisions for town buildings, schools, wastewater treatment facilities or for feasibility studies needed for future energy-saving projects.

Buckland, Deerfield, Leverett, Sunderland and Warwick will each receive $5,000 in technical assistance from the Franklin Regional Council of Government for Green Communities grant application preparation, annual reporting to DOER on projects and procurement assistance.

Heath, Hawley and Shelburne are each receiving $7,500 in technical assistance work by the Council of Governments to help prepare each town’s Energy Reduction Plan, which is a requirement for them to become designated Green Communities. It will also help to prepare other documents in support of their upcoming 2016 Green Community designation applications.


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