The City of Medford has been awarded new two grants from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) that will assist the city in becoming more energy-efficient, saving both energy and city funds.
One of the grants, awarded on June 19, is part of DOER’s Green Communities program. The Green Communities Program recognizes MA municipalities for their environmental efforts particularly in energy efficiency and accommodating renewable energy development. Medford was one of the first designated Green Communities and has been receiving recognition and grants through this program since 2010.
This year, the City of Medford was awarded a $235,935 Green Communities Grant to implement several efficient lighting projects throughout the community. It will fund LED light conversions, in the following Medford Public School cafeterias; Brooks Elementary School and Columbus Additionally, this funding will be used to offset the cost of converting the city’s street lights to LEDs, which use less energy than other bulbs.
The City has also been awarded an additional grant to offset the cost of the streetlights from DOER, through the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, of approximately $380,000.
In preparation for this project, a streetlight audit will occur throughout the month of July, with the goal of installing the new lights this winter. Three auditors will work throughout the city. They will wear safety vests and their cars will be marked with the logo of the auditor: Tanko Streetlighting. Auditors will be collecting the GPS location of each streetlight in the city as well as up to 30 additional pieces of data at each pole.
In addition, Medford is the beneficiary of a second DOER grant, announced on June 14, through a program that supports private companies in developing innovative strategies for peak electricity and gas demand reduction. Reducing those peaks therefore has the potential to lead to significantly lower energy costs. Through DOER’s grant program, Andover-based engineering firm B2Q received $478,688 to work with National Grid in Medford’s Andrews School and DPW building to reduce peak energy demand. The project will integrate solar, battery storage and remote controls in an innovative fashion. In piloting this strategy, Medford will serve as a model for other municipalities in the Commonwealth.
“The City of Medford is proud to partner with both public and private organizations to find the most beneficial energy solutions for the community,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “The City is committed to efforts of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 as part of the Metro Mayors Mitigation Compact.”