Pembroke: A proposed energy savings contract completes the town’s ‘Green Communities’ application

Tuesday, the Town of Lakeville received a check in the amount of $158,275 for their recent designation as a green community, and now the Town of Pembroke is on track to become a green community as well.

According to the Chair of the Pembroke Energy Committee, Nick Zechello, a proposed 15-year contract with Schneider Electric will reduce energy consumption by 25% for certain town buildings through energy-efficient installments,  “There’s control systems in the library, there’s a whole mechanical upgrade in the fire department, there’s a significant amount of work at the DPW facilities to improve their operation, and for the Town Hall, the boiler is in that project.”

Zechello explains the contract is a lease/purchase agreement with no cost to the town, “It’s a self-funded project. Contractually it’s the savings every year will go to pay for that project so there’s no upfront money that the town would have to put out.”

He says the contract will complete their application to become a green community. The state requires every applicant to commit to reducing energy consumption by 20% in five years and Pembroke’s proposed contract with Schneider Electric would do just that.

With Selectmen scheduled to review the proposal in September, Zechello expects to submit their application in the fall. If Pembroke is designated, the town will be eligible to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants.

Out of the 103 designated communities in the state, five Plymouth County towns are recognized as green.

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About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.