Unitil, (unitil.com), a provider of natural gas and electricity to customers in New England, partnered with the City of Fitchburg to secure over $150,000 of energy efficiency grants from Massachusetts’ Department of Energy Resources through the Green Communities Act.
These type of projects deliver significant savings that allow tax dollars to be reinvested in other areas of need."
Alec O'Meara, Media Relations Manager
The grant will fund heating, cooling and electric efficiency improvements in the city’s fire headquarters and schools, cutting its annual electric usage by an estimated 43,578 kWh and natural gas by 19,552 therms.
“This is great news for the city, it allows us to improve the efficiency of our buildings, which not only will save us money, but is good for the environment, “ Fitchburg’s Mayor Stephen DiNatale said.
The $227,513 of projects also qualified in $63,745 in energy efficiency rebates, requiring the city to only fund $12,485 for the installation of: electronically commutated (EC) motor at the city’s fire headquarters; walk-in refrigerator controls at the Fitchburg High School, Longsjo Middle School, Memorial Intermediate School, South Street Elementary School and Reingold Elementary School; and steam trap survey and repairs at Goodrich K Center, Longsjo Middle School and South Street Elementary School.
“We are pleased that we were able to work closely with the city on this grant,” Alec O’Meara, Media Relations Manager for Unitil, said. “These type of projects deliver significant savings that allow tax dollars to be reinvested in other areas of need.”