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Whately, Wendell receive Green Communities status, grants

Whately and Wendell will share about a quarter-million dollars in state grants after being designated Green Communities.

Whately received $137,950 and Wendell received $138,125, and both received a certificate from the state and four road signs identifying them as Green Communities.

The grants are part of a package of more than $1 million in funding awarded to the state’s seven newest Green Communities.

The towns are “now two of the 110 Green Communities across the commonwealth making smart investments in renewable energy,” said Gov. Deval Patrick. “Community by community, we are protecting our environment, reducing municipal costs and making Massachusetts a clean energy leader.”

Once designated, cities and towns are eligible for awards to fund local renewable power and energy efficiency projects that advance both municipal and state clean energy goals. Grants awarded so far assist an array of projects across the state, including the installation of solar panels on town office buildings, weatherization at schools and municipal buildings, installation of high-efficiency street lights, and a host of energy efficiency upgrades.

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