Your Monday Action today is to ask your State Representative to find out what’s throttling solar grants.
MONDAY ACTION: Contact State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose
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Letter: State House, Room 437, Boston, MA 02133
In an attempt mitigate the increasing damages caused by climate change, Governor Baker just released grants for Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness or MVP that have little more than a three-week turn around time.
Three weeks. Three months would be quick for a town to write a grant- let alone a small town:
And most of MA is made up of small towns run by volunteer boards and commissions that can’t dream of reacting that fast. Small towns look at the 400K dangled by the Governor’s MVP grant as a carrot and despair.
This is distressing.
Also, the MVP grants require “nature-based” solutions- only not the sun. That’s right, solar is not supported. When the grid goes down, a local solar-powered micro-grid with batteries could mean the difference between life and death. That’s Vulnerability Preparedness, all right.
Towns are noticing that neither Green Communities Grants, nor Community Preservation funds support solar projects. Why is that? We do not see a need to throttle the solar industry. Why is this happening? What can you do to help?
Please look into this for us. Thank you.
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