Funding awarded to help after natural disasters

WMass is receiving nearly $3.5M to fund projects

BOSTON (WWLP) – The state was awarded nearly 7.5-million dollars in grants on Thursday for projects that will keep critical facilities up and running when major storms hit.

Through the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative, western Massachusetts is receiving nearly 3.5-million dollars to fund projects that will keep critical facilities functioning when a natural disaster strikes.

According to Sec. Maeve Bartlett of MA Energy and Environment Affairs, “The idea is that these will be areas of energy resiliency during a major storm event where communities can gather and the power will not go off.”

The Northampton Fire Department Headquarters will receive 500-thousand dollars to update their power generation system. Also, Baystate Health was awarded a 2.8 million dollar grant to design a combined heat and power facility that could keep their medical centers running for up to thirty days if the power goes out.

Baystate Health’s proposal is currently in the design phase, but they expect the project to be completed within the next two years.

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