May 26, 2011

Green Communities Grant could save Milton more than $800,000 annually

By Charlie Breitrose, Milton Patch, 25 May 2011

A $157,100 grant from the Green Communities program presented to Milton officials Tuesday will help the town build a wind turbine and other energy conservation efforts that could save the town more than $800,000.

The check was one of four handed out by Director of the Green Communities Division Meg Lucardi and Assistant Secretary of Energy Frank Gorke during a ceremony held at Watertown Town Hall Tuesday afternoon.

The turbine, planned to be built near the Quarry Hills Golf Course, would generate 1.28 megawatts of electricity. That, and other energy savings efforts and would save the town in energy costs, said Milton Director of Planning and Community Development William Clark.

“The conservation efforts will save the town over $20,000 a year,” Clark said. “The wind turbine has the potential to save over $800,000 a year.”

The turbine project must get through the appeals process before it is built, Clark said. It would be similar to one built in Hull.

In March, the state Department of Energy Resources awarded its latest round of grants worth $3.6 million for local renewable power and energy efficiency projects to the state’s newest Green Communities. The group includes 18 cities and towns from Boston to the Berkshires that earned the designation last December.

Gorke said the projects funded by the Green Communities program will save a great bundle of energy, and will help the Bay State become a leader in green energy.

“Gov. Patrick said this is what it takes to really become a clean energy leader,” Gorke said.

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