Green Communities Grant Projects

As a Green Community, the Town of Nantucket is eligible to apply for grants to fund municipal energy conservation projects.  

2021 Awarded Projects

The Town’s initial $139,340 grant award amount was calculated using a base grant of $125,000 per community, plus an amount adjusted for population and income. Projects funded included:

  • A new high-efficiency boiler at the High School
  • High-efficiency air source heat pumps (“minisplits”) at the Visitor Services Building
  • New public electric vehicle charging stations at various municipal properties.

Nantucket High School

New Boiler designed to improve comfort and efficiency (costs and oil use reductions).

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Visitors Center/Town Hall HVAC Upgrades

The Town replaced the existing inefficient electric baseboard heat, window air-conditioners and dehumidifiers with air-source heat pump (mini-splits), which provide heating, cooling and dehumidification with greater efficiency, reliability, and ease of operation by staff.  
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EV Charging Stations

The Town installed seven (7) dual-port electric vehicle charging stations at the Public Safety Facility, Sea Street Pump Station, Nantucket Airport, Pleasant Street Fire Station, and the Washington Street public parking lot.  

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2022 Awarded Projects

In 2022, the Massachusetts Green Communities Grant Program awarded the Town of Nantucket $160,988 to support energy efficiency projects at municipal facilities to further Nantucket’s clean energy goals, including LED lighting, high-efficiency heatpumps, and wifi thermostats.  Together, these upgrades will result in roughly $27,500 in annual energy cost savings and 44 tons of avoided CO2 emissions.


Project #1: High-efficiency heat pumps for Department of Public Works (DPW)

The Town replaced the existing inefficient oil-fired-boiler and window air-conditioners with air-source heat pumps (mini-splits), which provide heating and cooling with greater efficiency, reliability, and ease of operation by staff.


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Project #2: High efficiency PTACs for Finance Department

The Town replaced the existing dated and inefficient PTAC units with new and efficient units to reduce electric usage as well as increase comfort and reliability with higher quality HVAC throughout the building.


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Project #3: LED lighting for Public Safety Facility (Police Department)

The Town upgraded fixtures using fluorescent bulbs with high efficiency LED lighting to help reduce electric usage and improve lighting quality.

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Project #4: High efficiency heat pumps for NRTA

The Town replaced the existing inefficient oil fired-boiler and window air-conditioners with air-source heat pumps (mini-splits), which provide heating and cooling with greater efficiency, reliability, and ease of operation by staff.

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Project #5: LED lighting for Health & Natural Resources Departments (Former Fire Department): 131 Pleasant Street

The Town upgraded fixtures using fluorescent bulbs with high efficiency LED lighting to help reduce electric usage and improve lighting quality.

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Project #6: Wi-Fi Thermostats for the Finance Department

The Town installed Wi-Fi thermostats with night setback controls to help reduce electric usage and increase comfort throughout the building.

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