Natick is one of 103 municipalities to snag a share of $13 million in new Green Communities competitive grants doled out by the state’s Department of Energy Resources to fund clean energy projects. The agency has awarded more than $136M in such monies since 2010.
Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding, which in this case is generated through carbon allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Those awarded in this round (maximum of $200K per award) have proven track records in investing previous awards.
Natick scored $100,000 in this round “to fund energy conservation measures, LED lighting, interior and exterior and retro-commissioning in municipal facilities including the police station and Wilson Middle School.”