BOSTON (WWLP) – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a $1,764,510 grant award to the City of Salem for the installation of two solar projects at Salem public schools.
The grant is part of an agreement by the Commonwealth to assist host municipalities of active or decommissioned coal generation facilities with developing and implementing a clean energy strategy. including the building of a renewable energy project within the community.
“Massachusetts is a national leader in embracing clean, emerging technologies,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By embracing clean solar energy technologies, Salem will save hundreds of thousands of dollars going forward that can be reinvested in other vital municipal functions.”
The grant awarded is for the installation of rooftop solar installations at two elementary schools owned by the City of Salem. The grant will fund a 430 kW system at the Bentley Elementary School that will offset $75,996 in annual electrical costs, and a 491 kW system at Witchcraft Heights Elementary School that will offset $86,772 in yearly electrical costs.
The combined capacity of the two projects will generate enough energy to offset 100 percent of the electricity needs of the two buildings.
“Our Administration is committed to working with our municipal partners to meet our ambitious shared clean energy goals,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By working with the City of Salem to transition from traditional power generation to clean alternatives, our administration is affirming our commitment to a diverse energy portfolio.”
Salem has been a designated Green Community since 2010 and has received nearly $700,000 in grant funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability projects.