Greenfield awarded $125,593 Green Communities Grant

GREENFIELD – The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources awarded the City of Greenfield a $125,593 DOER Green Communities Competitive Grant to fund upgrades to the heating and cooling system at the Police Station on High Street. Greenfield’s grant is part of almost $15 million awarded to 91 Green Communities across the Commonwealth to fund clean energy projects. Since 2012, when the city was designated a “Green” community, over $780,000 in grants have been awarded to Greenfield by DOER to create building efficiencies which have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Mayor Martin commented “We are very grateful to DOER and the Baker-Polito Administration for this grant award and for enabling Greenfield to continue to reduce energy use and save taxpayer dollars through projects that reinforce our commitment to sustainability. Greenfield is excited to add this to a long list of accomplishments that have resulted in an energy reduction of over 25% across the municipality since 2008.”

Martin added, “The City continues to leverage its opportunities for sustainability. With the changing schedule for a Public Safety complex, the Police Department required a longer-term facility and this DOER grant provided the HVAC funding to meet that challenge.”

The City will replace the Police Station’s 30-year old rooftop units with new high-efficiency models, resulting in reduced energy consumption and increased comfort for the occupants. Since the Police Station is occupied 24 hours a day, these upgrades will have a big impact and a relatively short payback.

Carole Collins, Greenfield’s Energy and Sustainability Director noted, “Greenfield also recently upgraded all the lighting at the Police Department to LEDs, a project fully funded through utility incentives. Once both projects are complete, annual savings will exceed $14,000 and maintenance costs will decrease dramatically as well.”

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