Community Receives Clean Energy Choice Grant to Identify and Promote
Viable Renewable Energy Solutions
LENOX – Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) and State Representative Wm. Smitty Pignatelli (D- Lenox) announce Lenox has received a $10,636 Clean Energy Choice grant from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (the Trust) for a project that furthers the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals.
This award will help Lenox cover the costs of the salaries of three individuals assisting the Town in increasing its use of renewable energy. From October 2004 through June 2009, Clean Energy Choice provided matching grants in proportion to voluntary contributions for renewable energy made by Lenox residents. Specifically, Lenox will receive:
· $4,000 for a consultant to assist the town with a wind feasibility study. This study will help the Town determine the best options for a municipal wind project.
· $2,000 for a consultant to conduct a solar feasibility study of the Lenox High School. The consultant will perform a structural analysis of the school roof and analyze the load capacity to determine the maximum amount of solar photovoltaic panels that the roof can support.
· $4,100 for the salary of a Campaign Coordinator for the Town’s Take Charge campaign to encourage residents to conserve energy. The remaining $536 of the grant will be used for public outreach materials for the Take Charge Campaign.
"Lenox deserves a great deal of credit for looking into all options to reduce their energy demand and to transition to clean energy sources," said Downing. "These planning efforts are the first steps in saving taxpayers dollars that would otherwise be spent on utility bills."
“With these grants, municipalities have the opportunity to become leaders in sustainable and conservation practices that have the potential to drastically reduce their energy consumption,” stated Pignatelli. “I am pleased that Lenox has taken the initiative in this and look forward to further projects that will help our towns offset any future increases in their utility costs.”
Dozens of other communities are also using this matching funding for projects such as solar electric arrays, solar trash compactors, renewable energy educational materials, and other renewable energy projects and related materials.
“These communities are green leaders; it’s wonderful that they are implementing clean energy projects that their residents, businesses, and public officials can see in practice,” said Trust Executive Director Carter Wall. “The Trust is proud to support these communities, and we hope that these projects will help generate ideas for other renewable energy endeavors.”
“We commend these communities, and encourage all Massachusetts towns and cities to look into becoming Green Communities under the Green Communities Act of 2008,” said Phil Giudice, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). “With assistance from the state, communities can learn about and implement energy solutions, including energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects.
Learn more about clean energy assistance available for Massachusetts towns and cities by visiting DOER’s Green Communities website: www.mass.gov/doer.