State acknowledges Sunderland’s reduced energy use

Recorder Staff
Thursday, November 02, 2017

SUNDERLAND — The town has reduced energy consumption by more than 20 percent in the past five years, according to the state Department of Energy Resources.

“I’m pleased to inform you that your town has achieved a major milestone in the Green Communities Program,” wrote Joanne Bissetta, acting director of the department’s Green Communities Division, in an email to Town Administrator Sherry Patch.

Since 2011, Sunderland has reduced its energy use by 24 percent through projects like new solar panels at the Elementary School, and recently approved LED streetlights. The Green Communities Division helps towns reduce energy usage through grants and technical assistance.

“This achievement reflects the hard work and tireless efforts your community has exhibited in investing in energy upgrades at municipal facilities and the continued commitment to remaining active in the Green Communities Program. Meeting the 20 percent energy reduction goal is proof of Sunderland’s position as an energy leader in Massachusetts,” Bissetta said.