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Massachusetts doles out $16M in fed green funds for eight towns  

Credit:  By Rodney H. Brown, Mass. High Tech, www.masshightech.com 25 August 2011 ~~

Eight communities in Massachusetts will split $16 million in low-interest federally subsidized financing to create renewable energy and efficiency projects, according to a news release from the Massachusetts governor’s office.

Belchertown, Cohassett, Deerfield, Fairhaven, Gill, Kingston, Marshfield, and West Newbury will divvy up the $16 million, which comes from Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, a program developed under the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Among the projects are efforts to cut municipal energy consumption, and to fund municipal wind power and anaerobic digestion projects.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority, issued the bonds. Both MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones and Gov. Deval Patrick noted in the release that the funding would create clean energy jobs in those communities.

The projects financed are:

• Belchertown; Town of Belchertown; $3,15 million – Energy Savings Performance Contract to reduce energy consumption in public buildings by 20 percent

• Cohassett; Conservation Wind Partners LP; $1,34 million – One 900kW wind turbine on the Trustees of Reservations Whitney Thayer Woods Reservation

• Deerfield; A Green Energy LLC; $2.2 million – An anaerobic digestion facility at a farm as part of a five-farm consortium of digestors

• Fairhaven; Fairhaven Wind LLC; $1.34 million – Two 1.5 MW wind turbines; power purchase agreement with Fairhaven for the output

• Gill; Town of Gill; $127,500 – Energy Savings Performance Contract to reduce energy consumption in public buildings by 20 percent

• Kingston; No Fossil Fuel LLC; $1,34 million – Two 2-MW wind turbines; power purchase agreement with Kingston for the output

• Marshfield; Town of Marshfield; $1.43 million – Energy Savings Performance Contract to reduce energy consumption in public buildings by 20 percent

• West Newbury; Pentucket Regional School District; $5.54 million – Multiple energy efficiency measures to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent in four school buildings

Source:  By Rodney H. Brown, Mass. High Tech, www.masshightech.com 25 August 2011

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