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 & 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 & 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 twenty percent within five years;
- purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles; and
- adopt the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code.
For more information on the Green Communities program, please visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/becoming-a-designated-green-community