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May 23, 2007

MEDFORD, MA - The City of Medford has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) for the design and construction of a small 100 kilowatt wind turbine at the McGlynn Elementary/Middle School called the Medford Energy Independence Project. The grant was awarded through MTC's Renewable Energy Trust, a program designed to expand the production and use of distributed renewable energy technologies throughout the Commonwealth.

Under the direction of Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, the City of Medford's Energy & Environment Office and the Medford Clean Energy Committee (MCEC) have been investigating the potential for a wind turbine installation within the City for the past three years. The proposed Medford Energy Independence Project will provide about 10% of the energy used to power the McGlynn School, produce up to $25,000 a year in electricity and offset 76 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

The goals of the Medford Energy Independence Project include the following: reduce energy costs and decrease greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with Medford's Climate Action Plan; provide a valuable, interactive educational tool for the more than 2,000 students that attend the Andrews and McGlynn Schools; provide an inspiring monument with an energy independence theme and a symbol of Medford's commitment to renewable energy; and provide leadership by example for other municipalities implementing similar types of renewable energy projects throughout the Commonwealth.

The City of Medford has been a leader in energy efficiency and renewable power among Massachusetts communities for many years. We were the first Commonwealth municipality to adopt a Climate Action Plan in 2001, the first City Hall to achieve the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star plaque in 2004 and the first Community in 2007 to join EPA's Community Energy Challenge to reduce our municipal energy use by 10%. The City has implemented numerous energy efficiency measures including LED traffic light conversions, solar power installations and an Energy Efficiency Policy for municipal operations. Our City has also received the EPA 2004 Clean Air Excellence Award for Regulatory/Policy Innovations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 2005 Municipal Environmental Purchasing and Sustainability Award for outstanding performance in the areas of recycling and sustainable practices.

For further information, please contact Patricia Barry, Director of the Energy & Environment Office, at 781-393-2137 or pbarry@medford.org.

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