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Apr 09: Medford Clean Energy and Education

Currents Spring 2009 Newsletter

On January 29, we had the honor of participating in the ribbon cutting for the City of Medford’s 100 kilowatt wind turbine at the McGlynn Middle School. The turbine is operating now, producing clean, renewable energy and valuable educational opportunities for the students. We are happy to see
progress being made on clean energy at any time and in any place, but we’re particularly proud to support this wind project through:

  • Mass Energy’s commitment of $100,000 in grant funding to the project, which we received from Excelerate Energy. This grant is helping to defray the upfront cost of the project for the City of Medford and improve the city’s return on investment. As a condition of the grant, the city is going to “pay it forward” by reinvesting $100,000 from the savings over time into solar energy projects, which are already in the planning stages.
  • Mass Energy’s purchase of the “renewable energy certificates” from the project, which we will incorporate into our New England GreenStart and New England Wind Fund programs. This is a contract between a green power producer— the City of Medford, and green power consumers—people like you who participate in New England GreenStart and the New England Wind Fund. Again, the point behind this relationship is to make the wind project economically viable for the city.

There is a short video about the ribbon cutting available at http://www.massenergy.org/Options.html.