Through a $230,000 Green Communities grant from the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the City of Holyoke will replace two oil fired steam boilers with new high efficiency gas fired boilers servicing the City Hall and the Annex. This fuel conversion and equipment upgrade is projected to save over $37,000 a year at the City Hall and $16,000 a year at the Annex, primarily through the price differential of the two fuels. Also included in the grant is funding to complete the HVAC upgrades to the Exhibit Hall building. Two new rooftop air conditioning units will be installed to complete the upgrade to the heating and air-conditioning systems in that building started under a previous Green Communities grant.
The Green Communities Division provides technical assistance and financial support for municipal initiatives to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy in public buildings, facilities and schools.