Energy-related state grants go to 13 area towns 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Thirteen towns in Hampshire and southern Franklin counties received grants from the state Department of Energy and Resources to develop clean energy projects.

The Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grants, which were announced Monday, aid communities, regional school districts, and water/wastewater districts in developing and managing energy projects.

The grants went to Belchertown, Chesterfield, Deerfield, Goshen, Granby, Huntington, Leverett, Middlefield, Pelham,  Sunderland and Williamsburg, all $5,000; and Cummington and South Hadley, $7,500.

Applicants in the grant round which began in June were eligible to apply for grants of up to $12,500.

The grants pay for consultants and contractors to assist with a range of local energy projects.

For example, Goshen will fund a project for energy efficiency in municipal buildings such as the fire station, town hall and town offices.

Huntington will use the money on measures to improve the efficiency of the town’s wastewater treatment facility.

“These vital grants are an encouraging step forward to reach our renewable energy and technology goals in the Commonwealth and help us meet our commitment to clean energy under the Global Warming Solutions Act,” state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst,  said in a statement.