$3.5 million in grants support installation of more than 100 solar electric systems

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., May 16, 2003 — Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) Executive Director Mitchell Adams has announced $3.5 million in new grants from the state’s Renewable Energy Trust.

The funds will lead to more than 100 new solar electric installations and help twenty-one recipients across the Commonwealth develop new and renovated energy efficient buildings.

“This funding provides an infusion of capital to help businesses, non-profit organizations, schools and homeowners take advantage of energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies such as solar panels to reduce their electricity bills, build awareness about solar technologies and make a positive contribution toward a cleaner environment,” said Adams.

Eight design and construction grants were awarded to projects that use renewable energy technologies, environmentally sensitive materials and high-performance design. Buildings account for nearly two-thirds of all electricity consumed in the United States. Constructing green buildings reduces the strain on current resources while providing healthier environments for workers and lowering building operations costs. The following private and public projects received awards:

* Allston-Brighton CDC, Boston: $126,200

* Alternatives Unlimited, Northbridge: $324,000

* Lawrence Community Works, Lawrence: $108,500

* Mitre Corporation, Bedford: $415,000

* River Valley Market, Northampton: $406,522

* Rural Development, Franklin County: $67,000

* Urban Edge, Boston: $500,000

* Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth: $273,692

“We are working with architects, builders, developers and communities across the state to bring the benefits of renewable energy into the mainstream,” said Trust Director Rob Pratt. “Our goal is to make green building design and construction the standard in Massachusetts.”

In addition, thirteen grants were awarded to enable the installation of solar electric systems on nearly 100 buildings in Massachusetts. The following private and public projects received awards:

* Alternate Energy Systems, Plymouth: $197,500

* Berkshire PhotoVoltaic Systems, Adams: $107,764

* Conservation Services Group (Existing Homes): $118,800

* Conservation Services Group (New Homes) : $101,040

* Conservation Services Group (with NStar) : $ 45,360

* Conservation Services Group (Town of Westwood) : $ 71,280

* Harvard Business School, Boston: $172,800

* Lowell National Historic Park, Lowell: $ 42,000

* Moskow/Hall Realty Trust, Newburyport (Tannery Mill # 1) : $ 77,000

* Moskow/Hall Realty Trust, Newburyport (Tannery Mill # 5) : $ 75,000

* Solar Works, Montpelier, VT : $200,000

* Under the Sun, West Tisbury : $ 66,240

* Western Massachusetts Electric Co., West Springfield: $100,000

The Trust has awarded a total of $3.8 million to help install a total of 350 new solar systems during 2003 and 2004. The systems will generate clean, renewable power during periods of peak demand on the buildings where the power is needed most. The Massachusetts solar industry has annual sales of over $43 million with 78% of this business from exports.

MTC, the state’s development agency for renewable energy and the innovation economy, manages the Renewable Energy Trust, which is an essential part of the state’s strategy to reduce dependence on foreign energy sources by encouraging the use of renewable technologies. For more information, please visit the agency’s web site www.masstech.org.

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