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As part of the state Department of Energy Resource’s Green Communities program, the state awarded Arlington a $210,290 grant aimed at putting into effect additional energy reductions in town.

This is the seventh grant Arlington has received from the program since it began in 2010. This new grant puts Arlington’s cumulative grant total at $1,575,931, the largest in the state.

The competitive grants are awarded to existing Green Communities that have successfully invested their initial designation grants and previous competitive grant awards. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

“We’re pleased to receive state resources to help the town invest in its many sustainability initiatives,” said Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine in a July 23 news release. “The carbon reduction and cost savings for these projects continue to benefit the residents of Arlington today and into the future.”

Here is how the town plans to use the money:

$6,968 - Loading dock door weatherization at Ottoson Middle School and the High School;

$28,120 - Floating head chiller control at the Ed Burns Arena;

$10,000 – Partial funding (the maximum allowable) toward one Chevy Bolt plug in electric vehicle;

$165,202 - Major LED lighting retrofits at Ottoson Middle School, Bishop Elementary School and Hardy Elementary School. 

Of the $285,196 total cost of the projects, $210,290 is from the grant and the rest is from these sources ($49,875, utility rebates) and $25,031, town contribution). That yields a $39,393 projected annual savings. 

The Green Communities Division empowers the Commonwealth's cities and towns to reduce their energy use and their carbon footprint on the journey toward healthier communities and stronger economies. Read more about Green Communities >> 

This news announcement published Monday, July 23, 2018.