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Green Community

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Chelmsford pursued Green Community designation to save energy, and do what’s right for the planet.  The town also recognized the opportunity to save money and reduce municipal operating expenses, while upgrading its systems and infrastructure.

Chelmsford views the age of its municipal buildings and their systems as both the largest challenge to energy conservation, and the biggest opportunity for savings.  Several buildings date to the 1900s and 1920s, and many of the schools were built in the 1960s and 1970s. The town has seen great success in replacing boilers and heating systems, windows, and lighting systems, with good financial return.  Chelmsford also used its Green Communities designation grant to install a 30 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the Parker Middle School, and federal stimulus funding for a 21 kW solar PV project at Chelmsford High School. The School administration building, which houses the data center for the entire school system, presents the next large challenge, given its capacity and the need for continuous cooling operation.