Baker-Polito Administration Expands Grants for Clean Heating and Cooling Systems

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center | September 29, 2016

Baker-Polito Administration Expands Grants for Clean Heating and Cooling Systems
The Baker-Polito Administration, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), today announced the launch of a package of programs that will provide grants of up to $250,000 for large, commercial-scale clean heating and cooling systems. The new programs, which complement the rebates already available for single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums, will allow businesses, nonprofits, government entities and multi-family residential facilities across the Commonwealth to be eligible for rebates up to $250,000 for biomass heating and ground-source heat pump projects and $225,000 for air-source pump projects. “By helping large-scale energy users offset the costs of adopting clean energy solutions, we not only curb harmful environmental effects but cut long-term energy costs,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We encourage large energy consumers from across the Commonwealth to participate in these new programs.” “By supporting a marketplace for clean energy industries, we’re creating local jobs and economic activity around these projects,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The programs will help the Commonwealth continue to lead the way on clean energy, energy efficiency and the adoption of innovative technologies.”

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The Tri-Counties Regional Center (Tri-Counties) in Santa Barbara, Calif., connects nearly 13,000 disabled citizens with essential resources to enhance their quality of life. With service as the core value, Tri-Counties needed a more efficient document management process to automate and streamline manual, paper-intensive workflows to better serve their clients. CIO Dominic Namnath summed it up: “The faster we can get patients through the sign-in process and required paperwork, the sooner they can receive vital services and needed care. That’s a huge impact we can have on a person’s life.”


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The Tri-Counties Regional Center (Tri-Counties) in Santa Barbara, Calif., connects nearly 13,000 disabled citizens with essential resources to enhance their quality of life. With service as the core value, Tri-Counties needed a more efficient document management process to automate and streamline manual, paper-intensive workflows to better serve their clients. CIO Dominic Namnath summed it up: “The faster we can get patients through the sign-in process and required paperwork, the sooner they can receive vital services and needed care. That’s a huge impact we can have on a person’s life.”

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