MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola joined Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia today in Carver to celebrate a 99 kilowatt solar project located on MassDOT property along Route 44.
The solar project installed by SolareAmerica is just the third project in the nation built along a divided highway.
The installation is supported by a $150,000 grant through President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will provide 100 percent of the energy needs for the town’s water treatment plant.
“We’re proud to help communities like Carver find ways to increase renewable energy generation and decrease energy costs,” said Commissioner Sylvia. “Investing in projects like this will bring us closer to our aggressive renewable energy goals and create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for the Commonwealth.”
"MassDOT is pleased to partner on this important project," said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. "We will continue to pursue and support similar, innovative efforts that provide cost savings and alternative energy sources for the people of the Commonwealth."
The funding for the project comes from a $14.7 million ARRA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, through which 91 municipalities have completed energy projects such as renewable energy installations including insulation, new windows and HVAC systems.
There are now 162 megawatts of solar power installed in the 340 communities across the Commonwealth, a nearly 50-fold increase since 2007. That represents enough power for more than 25,000 homes each year and greenhouse gas emission reductions equivalent to the emissions from more than 17,000 cars.
MassDOT: Plan Ahead During Winter Driving Season posted on Dec 7
MassDOT advises travelers to drive safely and plan ahead as Winter driving season is now in full swing. Drivers are encouraged to lower their speeds during inclement weather and use the appropriate resources to make an informed decision regarding their travel plans. MassDOT strongly urges …Continue Reading MassDOT: Plan Ahead During Winter Driving Season
Medford: Green Line Extension Public Meeting December 14 posted on Dec 5
The Green Line Extension Project Interim Program Management Team will host a public meeting as follows: Wednesday, December 14, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Medford City Hall, Council Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Drive The purpose of the meeting will be to present a general update …Continue Reading Medford: Green Line Extension Public Meeting December 14
MBTA Future: Focus40 Seeks Your Ideas posted on Dec 2
The Focus40 Street Team has been out at stops and stations around the system, collecting your ideas for the MBTA’s future. The Street Team is made up of MassDOT staff, community members, and partner organizations. We have already engaged with over 1,000 MBTA customers and …Continue Reading MBTA Future: Focus40 Seeks Your Ideas