Kevin Sweet, Town Administrator
195 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Maynard Receives Largest Grant Award to Date for Green Initiatives
MAYNARD – Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce that the Town of Maynard has received $246,792 from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division — its largest competitive grant to date.
On June 28, the state awarded Green Communities grants to 47 municipalities throughout Massachusetts, totaling $9,580,467 to fund clean energy projects.
“This award will go a long way in town to further our projects aimed at increasing energy efficiency endeavors and improving the overall sustainability of our infrastructure,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “We’re excited to move forward with several innovative projects that will benefit our community as a whole.”
The list of projects Maynard will complete through this grant include:
- $14,858 Fire Department — Steam Traps and Valves
- $37,781 Highway Barn — Infrared Heating
- $19,255 Highway Barn — Lighting
- $52,416 Fowler Middle School — Lighting
- $45,547 Fowler Middle School — Energy Management System and Duct Static Reset
- $56,793 Townwide — Street light LED conversion
- $20,142 Townwide — Ford Focus Hatchback Electric Vehicle and charging station
“These projects have been on our wish list for some time and their completion will greatly improve energy efficiency in areas like the middle school, fire department and highway barn,” said Aaron Miklosko, Director of Public Works. “Thank you to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources for this generous award.”
DOER’s Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to designated Green Communities that have successfully invested their previously awarded Green Communities grants. Awards are capped at $250,000 per municipality.
Maynard became a Green Community on December 20, 2011 and earned a $102,233 grant from DOER in 2014. All Green Communities commit to reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years.
“The Department of Energy Resources is proud to work with communities from the Berkshires to Cape Cod to fund innovative projects that benefit all Massachusetts citizens,” said Judith Judson, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner. “These grants represent another milestone for both the communities and the Commonwealth as we continue to work collaboratively towards our shared energy goals and lowering the costs of energy for our municipalities.”