BELMONT, MA. – AUGUST 25: Gov. Charlie Baker gives an update on the COVID-19 response efforts as well as encouraging consumers to shop locally during the upcoming tax free weekend during an availability at the Belmont WheelWorks bicycle shop on August 25, 2020 in Belmont, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

LOWELL — Several local cities and towns were among the 103 municipalities across the state awarded a total of $13 million in Green Communities 2020 competitive grants in late August.

Under the Green Communities Act, 271 Massachusetts cities and towns have met the criteria to earn the Green Communities designation, which makes them eligible for grant funding.

The ninth annual round of state Department of Energy Resources Green Communities competitive grants were awarded to municipalities that have already received the designation and successfully invested their previous grant awards.

The grants, capped at $200,000 per municipality, provide support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the communities’ clean energy goals.

“The Green Communities program continues to make significant progress in helping municipalities reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Our administration is committed to supporting clean energy and energy efficiency efforts that make the commonwealth’s cities and towns cleaner, healthier and more affordable places to live.”

According to a list of grant recipients, the following communities in Greater Lowell and North Central Massachusetts received grants to support energy conservation measures and specific items as listed:

  • Ashburnham, $10,620: Demand flow control system in municipal facilities, including Stevens Memorial Library, and hybrid vehicle purchase for the town vehicle fleet.
  • Chelmsford, $100,000: LED lighting and weatherization in municipal facilities, including the town offices and McCarthy Middle School.
  • Littleton, $200,000: LED lighting, unit ventilator controls and remote terminal unit and re-heat controls, in municipal facilities including the high, middle and Russell Street schools and the town offices.
  • Lancaster, $200,000: LED lighting, weatherization and energy management system in municipal facilities including Thayer Memorial Library, Senior/Community Center and Police Department.
  • Leominster, $68,490: Mini-split heat pump and fuel conversion in municipal facilities including Central Street Fire Station.
  • Lunenburg, $69,361: Appliance replacement, LED lighting, boiler replacement, mechanical insulation, retro-commissioning, building operator certification training and administrative assistance, in municipal facilities including Turkey Hill Elementary, middle/high and primary schools, Senior Center, Ritter Memorial Administration Building, public library, Department of Public Works, Public Safety Building, Town Hall and Teen Center, and hybrid vehicle purchase for the town vehicle fleet.
  • Pepperell, $167,129: Boiler replacement, LED lighting and administrative assistance in municipal facilities including Police Department and Nissitissit Middle School.
  • Tewksbury, $68,382: LED lighting in municipal facilities, including Heath Brook Elementary School.
  • Westford, $95,000: direct digital controls on ventilation units and LED lighting in municipal facilities including Westford Academy and Blanchard School.

Since 2010, the Department of Energy Resources has awarded over $136 million to Green Communities in designation and competitive grants.