Wendell offering grants for energy saving projects

Recorder Staff
Thursday, July 12, 2018

WENDELL — As it strives to break its reliance on fossil fuels, the town of Wendell is giving out money to those households that are going green.

A new grant program from the Wendell Energy Committee will give residents up to $750 for a variety of projects that conserve energy, including installing insulation, storm doors, solar hot water or heat pumps and window upgrades.

Homeowners and renters may also receive grants retroactively for completed projects, as long as the projects were done after Jan. 30, 2018.

“Making homes more energy efficient is one more step toward making Wendell a net zero-energy community and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels — both Energy Committee goals,” said Nan Riebschlaeger, Energy Committee co-chair.

The Energy Committee’s program is funded by $138,125 in grant money that Wendell received since the Patrick-Murray administration designated the town a Green Community in 2012.

According to Riebschlaeger, the program is mutually beneficial. Residents can save money on projects that conserve energy — projects that will later save them more money on energy bills — while the town furthers its commitment to conservation and clean energy.

Wendell residents interested in applying for grant money can fill out forms available at the Wendell Free Library, the Energy Committee’s booth on Old Home Day and online at https://bit.ly/2NNUkrd.

Residents must have obtained an estimated cost of installing an energy conserving project in their homes to include with the application. The Energy Committee will then assess the applications and grant pre-approval to eligible projects.

Once a project is complete, residents with pre-approval may then submit a copy of paid invoice to the Energy Committee, which will then issue the grant money.

Reach David McLellan at
dmclellan@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 268.