Grant to support energy-saving projects at Warwick Community School building

WARWICK — The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has awarded Warwick $86,564 for energy-saving projects at the Warwick Community School building, as proposed in the town’s Green Communities grant application.

Town Coordinator David Young received a letter from the department’s Green Communities Division, dated Sept. 1, announcing the approved funding. Young said the Selectboard applied for the grant, and the designs and plans were formulated by the Buildings and Energy Committee.

“It’s not an easy one to compete with and win funding for, and we did,” Young said during Monday’s Selectboard meeting.

Of the total $86,564, $11,500 will be allocated for weatherization projects at the Warwick Community School building, $54,326 will be for energy management system improvements and another $16,738 is for VFDs, or variable frequency drives. According to Young, VFDs are used to modulate the speed of an air conditioner’s motor.

“These devices maintain the voltage,” he said, “but slow the alternating current cycle and allow you to run a motor more slowly when you don’t need full speed.”

Buildings and Energy Committee member Janice Kurkoski said weatherization projects at the school building will include air sealing of windows and doors. The improvements are “part of the town’s plan to reopen the elementary school,” Young said, announcing the grant award in a Facebook post.

In addition to the money allocated for the school project, another $4,000 is set aside for “administrative assistance.”

“That will pay our clerk of the works, a local civil engineer named James Toth,” Young said.

Next steps for carrying out the projects at the school building will be discussed between town officials and the Green Communities grant coordinator.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.

Author: Going Green

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