Medford Environmental Agent Receives EPA Individual Environmental Merit Award (4.21.2009)
Medford Environmental Agent Patricia Barry was one of thirteen Massachusetts citizens honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Earth Day as part of its Environmental Merit Awards. The merit awards "honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts to preserve the region's environment." Ms. Barry received this prestigious award for her exemplary work coordinating the construction of the Medford wind turbine. More information is available on the EPA's web site. The MCEC would like to extend its congratulations and appreciation for her hard work and leadership throughout this groundbreaking project!
Installation of 100kw Wind Turbine Complete (1.28.2009)
Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, the Energy & Environment Office and the Medford Clean Energy Committee are pleased to announce the installation of a Northwind 100 kilowatt wind turbine at the McGlynn School Complex in Medford, Massachusetts, also known as the Medford Energy Independence Project. This is the first commercial-scale wind turbine to be installed at a municipal school in Massachusetts. The turbine will be easily seen as an inspiring monument from Interstate Route 93. It will supply approximately 10% of the McGlynn School’s electrical needs and will save an estimated $25,000 in electricity costs each year. The wind turbine will generate about 170 megawatt-hours of clean electricity annually, which will offset approximately 133 tons (266,000 pounds) of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
State Appropriates $200,000 to Help Fund Medford Wind Turbine (10.18.2008)
The state has appropriated funds to assist in the construction of the Medford wind turbine. Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 312 of the Acts of 2008, now includes the following provision: "not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the construction of a wind turbine to be located at the McGlynn Elementary and Middle Schools in Medford." The City of Medford has requested to the Governor and Secretary of Environment to release the funds, however, given the current fiscal state budget issues, the City of Medford will not use this funding in its economic analysis of the Project until it has received an award letter from the State. It is hoped that this funding may be released to the City within the next five year period and the City will continually advocate for its release.
Wind Turbine Construction Schedule Update (10.18.2008)
A wind turbine pre-construction meeting is scheduled to take place within the next two weeks and electrical conduit installation and foundation should be completed by the end of October/early November of 2008. The Wind Turbine is scheduled to arrive on-site in December and erection and commissioning should be completed by the end of this year.
Medford Now 2nd in State in Clean Energy Choice Signups (10.18.2008)
Over 327 Medford homes now participate in the state's Clean Energy Choice program, where residents can choose to purchase clean electricity through their existing supplier for a small surcharge. Participating in the Clean Energy Choice program (known as "GreenUp" for National Grid customers) earns Medford matching grant funds, which are being used to help pay for a small wind turbine at the McGlynn School. Medford ranks second in the state in total signups, behind Northampton which leads with over 700 participating households. Sign up today and help Medford reach 3% and earn an additional bonus grant.
Mass Energy Consumers Alliance Awards Medford with $100,000 Grant for Wind Turbine (10.15.2008)
The City of Medford has received a $100,000 grant from MA Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy) for the construction of the 100 kilowatt wind turbine at the McGlynn Elementary/Middle School. Mass Energy is a nonprofit organization with a dual mission of making energy affordable and environmentally sustainable. In accepting the grant, the City has also agreed to spend $20,000 per year for 5 years on municipal solar installations. Read more about the grant award
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Medford Awarded Solar Lighting System for Playstead Cemetary Monument (10.3.2008)
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has selected Medford to participate in its solar-powered lighting system program. A lighting system paid for by the state's Renewable Energy Trust Fund and generously installed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #103 will illuminate the monument at Playstead Road Cemetary. The solar panels, manufactured in Framingham by SolarOne Solutions, will help exhibit the benefits of solar technology while assisting in the City's beautification efforts.
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