At our last RDTC meeting, Tom Mikus updated us on the efforts of the Green Community Taskforce in Rockport: https://www.rockportma.gov/green
In 2020 the Rockport Taskforce received a grant that fully pays for the following projects:
– Converting to LED lighting in the schools, which we completed in December
– Updating unit ventilators in the schools, which has been delayed due to availability of materials
They also laid the groundwork to begin the following projects in 2021:
- Charging stations for 18 electric vehicles (EVs), at no cost to the Town
- A study (at no cost to the Town) of potential photovoltaic (PV) solar projects
- Converting our streetlights to LEDs, to be paid through National Grid without increasing our bills
- Starting the process of electrical aggregation, which will provide more-renewable/lower-cost electricity to residents and businesses
According to Rockport’s Green Community Taskforce’s about page:
‘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. More than $65 million from those Green Community grants is already at work in 155 communities, with more than $6 million in additional grants for energy projects in the newest 30 designated communities.
In late 2015 the Board of Selectmen appointed a Green Community Task Force to pursue this designation for Rockport.’
For more information about the committee, please see their webpage and explore their links.