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As part of the Department of Energy Resource's Green Communities program, the state awarded Arlington a $179,698 grant aimed at saving further energy in town -- the sixth grant Arlington has received from the program since its inception in 2010.

The breakdown of the $179,698 grant, of $238,466 requested, is:

$51,111.28: Brackett School, LED-lighting upgrades;

$5,639: Dallin School, gym air-handler variable-frequency drive and control;

$68,813.72: Ottoson School, LED-lighting upgrades; and

$54,134: Town, two electric vehicles.

This new grant puts Arlington's cumulative grant total at $1,365,641. The state grants are awarded to existing communities designated at "green" that have successfully invested their initial grants and previous awards. Grants are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

Utility rebates due under the program are $58,768. No town funds contributed to this effort. The release project annual savings under this grant at $18,790.

"More now than ever, we're excited to receive state resources toward reaching our energy-efficiency goals," said Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine in a June 23 news release. "The carbon reduction and cost savings for these projects continue to benefit the residents of Arlington."

Selectmen Steve Byrne noted the grant at the June 19 selectmen's meeting.

Arlington was first designated as a Green Community following efforts by Sustainable Arlington, a volunteer group that has encouraged green practices since 1999.

The Green Communities Division empowers the Commonwealth's cities and towns to reduce their energy use and their carbon footprint on the journey toward healthier communities and stronger economies. Read more about Green Communities >> 

This news announcement published Friday, June 23, 2017.