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Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, joined by state energy officials, awarded $14,043,257 in Green Communities competitive grants to 72 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. With this announcement, the largest in the program’s seven year history, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has awarded over $80 million to Green Communities grants since the program’s inception. 185 Massachusetts cities and towns links to PDF file have currently earned the Green Communities designation.

More from the Greenfield Recorder:

Six Franklin County towns were among the 72 municipalities in the state to get Green Communities competitive grants from the Baker-Polito administration Monday.

The grants, totaling $14,043,257, will be used to fund clean energy projects.

“Today’s grant announcement is the largest award in the Green Communities program history and represents our administration’s commitment to supporting clean energy efforts for our partners in cities and towns across Massachusetts,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “The projects funded by these grants will allow cities and towns across the Commonwealth to reinvest their energy savings in vital public services like schools, public safety, and local infrastructure.”

Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding. The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities’ clean energy goals. This sixth annual round of DOER Green Communities competitive grants is awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

Continue reading at Recorder.com.

Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $14 Million in Green Communities Grants

 

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