MEDWAY — Superintendent Armand Pires and Town Manager Michael Boynton are pleased to announce that Medway Public Schools and the Town of Medway were awarded a $152,488 Green Communities Competitive Grant from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER).
The grant is part of a statewide initiative to help Massachusetts cities and towns find clean energy solutions that reduce long-term energy costs and strengthen local economies.
The Town of Medway allocated these funds to Medway High School and Middle School as the buildings consume the most energy of all town-owned buildings.
The funding will be split among six different projects to make Medway High School and Middle School more energy efficient and cost effective. These projects include:
- $87,561 – High School: LED lighting upgrade for wings 1-3 and the gym
- $23,391 – High School: Variable frequency drives (VFD) on cafeteria kitchen hood
- $2,955 – High School: Classroom hood damper
- $12,936 – High School: Variable frequency drives (VFD) on air handler units in the gym
- $23,815 – Middle School: LED lighting upgrade in the gym
- $1,830 – Middle School: LED lighting upgrade in the auditorium
These projects were chosen following an audit performed by Prism Energy Services at the high school and middle school this past spring. Once completed, these six projects will help Medway Schools save $16,000 annually in electric and natural gas expenses.
“We are thankful to the Town of Medway for allocating these funds from the Department of Energy Resources’ grant to our district as it will continue to help us in our mission to make our schools more environmentally friendly,” Superintendent Pires said. “The funding provided by this grant will help us to get important projects done in a timely manner. We look forward to continuing to make our schools as energy efficient as possible.”
The Town of Medway was designated as a Green Community in 2010, and to date has received over $1 million in funding for energy conservation projects at the schools and other town buildings.
Medway was one of 103 communities to receive funding for energy efficient projects this year. More information about the program can be found here.
“During the audit process, School Facilities Director James Kane and I worked to identify several opportunities for equipment upgrades within the high school and middle school,” Town of Medway Compliance Coordinator Stephanie Carlisle said. “These energy conservation projects will help align the school district with the town’s mission of implementing additional clean energy solutions throughout its school buildings.”