In February 2017, the Town of Agawam was designated a Green Community by Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER). Along with the designation, the town received an initial grant from DOER in the amount of $207,970 to make energy-efficiency upgrades in town-owned buildings. Once those initial grant funds are expended, the town may apply each year for additional competitive grants worth up to $250,000.
About the Green Communities Program
The Green Communities Designation and Grant Program has helped 185 cities and towns earn Green Community designation. As energy leaders in Massachusetts, Green Communities are eligible for state grants. Nearly $29 million from those Green Community grants is already at work in 155 communities, with nearly $6.5 million in additional grants for energy projects in the newest 30 designated communities. The Green Communities Division staff continues to work with scores of other local government entities on an array of energy activities: from reducing energy use in municipal and school buildings to establishing power purchase agreements that enable financially attractive renewable energy generation, adopting the latest building codes, and much more.
Agawam Green Community Projects
James Clark Elementary School
The proposed project will result in significant energy savings at the James Clark Elementary School. In total, the proposed improvements will result in 120,016 kWh saved with an annual project cost savings of $19,803.
The project involves a complete lighting upgrade for the elementary school, removing dated fluorescent lighting and replacing it with LEDs. Solid state LEDs will be installed in areas with high current wattages or extremely long hours of operation. In other areas, the internal components will be changed to LEDs. Exterior fixtures will be upgraded to LED lighting, as well.
The project also addresses the school’s HVAC and refrigeration needs. The school has an Energy Management System, but as there are no Variable Frequency Drives, these will be installed to save energy. For the walk-in refrigeration area, evaporator controls will be added and fans will be replaced.
The total cost of the project is $124,334. The project will be supported by an incentive of $40,634 from Eversource. The remainder of funding will come from the Green Communities funding awarded to the Town of Agawam.