Orleans was designated a Green Community by the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) on December 27, 2018:
A Designation Grant in the amount of $134,709 was announced and is eligible to be applied to fund all or a portion of the costs of studying, designing, constructing, and implementing energy efficiency and renewable or alternative energy activities.
On February 8, 2019, the Town submitted its first application to fund eligible projects totaling $44,356.25 of its Designation Grant award including energy-efficient LED lighting upgrades at various locations, heating and cooling upgrades along with the purchase of the Town's first hybrid vehicle to replace an existing gasoline-fueled sedan.
Certified Green Communities meet these five program criteria:
Provide as-of-right siting in designated locations for renewable/alternative energy generation, research, and development, or manufacturing facilities
Adopt an expedited application and permit process for as-of-right energy facilities
Establish an energy use baseline and develop a plan to reduce energy use by 20% within five years
Purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles
Adopt the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code