Press Releases

October 2017

HCG kicks off state’s first Solar Thermal Challenge campaign

HCG is kicking off the first round of a solar thermal campaign via a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program. The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns. After a vigorous vetting process, HCG has been chosen to lead the pilot campaign expected to run from Fall 2017 into the first quarter of 2018, with campaigns in the Greater Boston area led by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Merrimack Planning Commission following later in 2018. “This is a great opportunity for our community,” says Todd Ford, executive director, HCG. “HCG has been on the forefront of local renewable energy projects, and we look forward to expanding into the solar thermal market.”

HCG awarded state’s first Solar Thermal Challenge grant

HCG is excited to announce a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program.  The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns. 

Statement on Recommendation for Hadley to Withdraw from HCG 

HCG and the Town of Hadley have long benefited from a valuable partnership, and it is our hope that the citizens of Hadley choose to maintain this strong relationship. HCG provides valuable resources to Hadley and we look forward to a renewed investment in these services.

September 2017

RSVP honors four local volunteers with Lifetime Achievement Awards 

RSVP of the Pioneer Valley recognizes the contribution of over 650 volunteers who have served more than 100,000 volunteer hours in the past year. According to Independent Sector, these hours amount to an estimated contribution of $3 million to the local community. “RSVP volunteers are passionate about giving back to their communities,” says Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs, director, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley. “They dedicate so much valuable time and effort to the organizations they serve.”

The Eastern States Exposition taps Hampshire Power to provide 100% green energy

The only energy supplier based in Massachusetts, Hampshire Power is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Eastern States Exposition. “The decision by The Eastern States Exposition to transition to 100% green energy with Hampshire Power reaffirms their goal of showcasing the abundance that New England has to offer,” says Sinead Coleman, director of operations, Hampshire Power. “By investing in local renewable energy, they are keeping money in the community, and supporting local businesses.”

August 2017

 Investing in rebrand, HCG hires accomplished marketing and communications coordinator

HCG is pleased to announce the addition of Catherine Welker to their team in the newly created position of marketing and communications coordinator. She has assumed responsibility for all internal and external communications for the organization. “This spring we hired Mitch Anthony and his company Clarity to talk to our constituents about their perceptions of HCG,” says Todd Ford, executive director. “The people we serve reported high satisfaction with our performance, but they also indicated that we have an image problem. So, with Clarity’s help, we are going to focus attention on telling our story more clearly.”

Purchasing Co-op links school cafeterias to local farms and food processors 

HCG Purchasing Co-op is excited to announce a collaborative effort with the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (CDC) to introduce the Pioneer Valley Vegetable Venture (PVVV) to area school cafeterias. This collaboration provides an opportunity for schools and other community groups to offer healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables while supporting local farms. “HCG Purchasing Co-op is happy to link schools and other bulk food buyers to local farms and processors. With this bid, we are empowering and enabling these participants to educate students and others about the importance of sustainability and healthy local food,” says Ellen Batchelder, director, HCG Purchasing Co-op.  “By supporting homegrown businesses and farms, money is invested back into local communities.”

New bid makes hyper-local food accessible year-round

HCG Purchasing Co-op is excited to announce a collaborative effort with the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (CDC) to introduce the Pioneer Valley Vegetable Venture (PVVV) to area school cafeterias. This collaboration provides an opportunity for schools and other community groups to offer healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables while supporting local farms. “HCG Purchasing Co-op is happy to link schools and other bulk food buyers to local farms and processors. With this bid, we are empowering and enabling these participants to educate students and others about the importance of sustainability and healthy local food,” says Ellen Batchelder, director, HCG Purchasing Co-op. “By supporting homegrown businesses and farms, money is invested back into local communities.”

July 2017

HCG still in the Paris Agreement

HCG unanimously voted to join a national movement and sign the ‘We Are Still In’ Paris Agreement open letter to the international community. HCG joins community and civic leaders, governmental officials, college and university leaders, and investors to reduce the causes of climate change. HCG and the City of Northampton are the only local communities to sign the letter. Helping businesses and municipalities use clean energy

May 2017

HCG Broadens Local Renewable Energy Supply to Include Methane

HCG is again bringing new sources of clean, renewable electricity to Western Massachusetts towns. This time it is in the form of methane produced from manure and food waste. HCG has partnered with AG-Grid Energy LLC, whose agricultural anaerobic digesters convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy. Two local dairy farms, Rockwood Farms in Granville, MA, and Luther Belden Farms in Hatfield, MA, will use these digesters to produce 5.3 million kWh per year from what had previously been waste products. The total amount of manure-related material to be treated by the system is estimated to be 40 tons/day, or roughly 14,625 tons/year.

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