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The Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs has awarded $713,814 in grants to three Massachusetts community colleges to invest in clean energy projects on their respective campuses.

The grants, which were awarded through the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' Leading by Example program, will support the installation of a wind turbine at Bristol Community College in Fall River, a ground-source heat-pump system at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, and a solar thermal project at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.

Bristol Community College received a $600,000 grant to help offset the $3.2 million cost of installing of a 900 kW wind turbine on its Fall River campus. The remainder of the project will be funded through the state’s Clean Energy Investment Program, which provides low-interest bonds for clean energy projects that are then paid for through the energy savings. Construction on the project is expected to begin later this year.

More information on the other projects can be found here.

This is the first round of Leading by Example clean energy grants. The program has an additional $1.2 million available for other clean energy projects at state facilities, which will be awarded over the next several months.

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