State Awards Burlington $115,000 Grant for LED Streetlight Project

The town project of replacing all streetlights with new, more energy-efficient lights will now cost Burlington taxpayers less than originally thought.

At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting Town Administrator John Petrin announced that the town has received a grant for $115,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources for the LED streetlight project. Petrin credited Department of Public Works Director John Sanchez on and securing the grant money.

“I want to commend him and his staff for saving the town $115,000,” he said.

Petrin also recognized Town Accountant Paul Sagarino for bringing the existence of the grant to his attention in the first place.

Sanchez said with the grant money and the grant the town received from Eversource for the project, the whole thing will be paid off in a few years.

“We’ll probably pay for those lights in less than three years with the energy savings,” he said. “It’s a great system, Town Meeting approved $600,000 and we get $300,000 and in three years we’ll get the savings.”

The grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources is part of a Governor Charlie Baker/Lt. Governor Karyn Polito initiative to support LED streetlight projects across the state. In total $4.3 million was distributed to 40 municipalities in the most recent round of grant dispersals.

“Continuing to investing in LED streetlight conversions will lead to more reduced energy costs and better road safety for motorists and pedestrians across Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker in the grant announcement. “The strong partnership between the Commonwealth and our regional planning authorities and municipal light plants helps maximize the positive benefits of this grant funding.”


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