Easton MA, Gets Grant for School Energy

schools-energy-manageThe Easton, MA, school system has received a $212,500 energy grant from the state, according to The Enterprise. The award, which is from The Department of Energy Resources, is in two parts.

Most of the funding — $200,000 — is earmarked to upgrade the system’s energy management systems. The other $12,500 is in the form of a Municipal Energy Technical Assistance grant.

Easton was designated as a Green Community five years ago. It has received $700,000 in funding to convert to LEDs and improve insulation, among other projects. Last year, a seven-member Green Committee was formed.

Northampton, another Massachusetts community, also is making an energy efficiency move, according to Mass Live. The city will deploy a 3.3 MW solar array next year. Ameresco – which was chosen last month to install solar panels in six schools in Arlington – will build the array on a landfill that reached capacity and closed in May, 2013. The project could generate 4.2 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which would be enough to power 600 homes or the city’s schools and municipal office buildings.

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