Kevin Sweet, Town Administrator
195 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754
For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Maynard Receives Over $104,000 Grant for LED Light Initiatives
MAYNARD — Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce that Maynard has received over $104,000 from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division for LED initiatives.
DOER awarded the town $104,287 for two projects. The grant will fund the third phase of Maynard’s LED streetlight conversion plan and the interior LED lighting retrofit at the Fowler School.
This is the second Green Communities Competitive Grant Maynard has received in the last two years, with their total allocation reaching over $210,000.
“We are so excited to earn our second competitive grant from the DOER,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “We continuously strive to make our town and schools more energy efficient and this funding gives us the opportunity to pursue endeavors that may not have otherwise been possible.”
About the program
DOER’s grants are awarded to existing green communities that have successfully invested their initial designations. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality.
“Our administration is proud to help Green Communities reduce their energy use so they can reinvest their financial savings in schools, police, fire, municipal infrastructure and other local initiatives,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a press release. “Massachusetts’ leadership in energy efficiency continues to help municipalities around the state secure long-term energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The grants, totaling $8,894,583 statewide, are funded through proceeds from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions and Alternative Compliance Payments under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Selected projects include energy efficiency measure like ventilation system upgrades, high efficiency lighting, installation of insulation and energy management systems at municipal buildings and facilities, LED streetlights, oil to gas heating system conversions, electric vehicles and solar hot water projects.
These initiatives are projected to result in annual cost savings of $2.1 million. This translates to energy savings equivalent to the annual consumption of nearly 550 Massachusetts homes, along with greenhouse gas reductions equal to removing more than 1,100 cars from the road.
Other communities that received funding include: Acton, Acushnet, Amesbury, Andover, Arlington, Athol, Auburn, Bedford, Belchertown, Beverly, Boston, Bridgewater, Brookline, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Easton, Gardner, Gloucester, Hanover, Harvard, Kingston, Lakeville, Lenox, Lexington, Lincoln, Lowell, Mashpee, Maynard, Melrose, Milton, Monson, Natick, Newburyport, Newton, Palmer, Provincetown, Revere, Rowe, Salem, Sherborn, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Truro, Watertown, Westford, Westwood, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn.