The Town of Pelham’s Energy Committee is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Pelham Energy Committee and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Pelham Library in the Ramsdell Room on Tuesday May 8th at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.
Municipalities and regional school districts throughout Western Massachusetts are now addressing rising retiree healthcare liabilities. Almost all public entities in the region are now quantifying and realizing their Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) liabilities, which is primarily retiree healthcare and not pension benefits.
HCG is excited to introduce Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts, a program designed to increase the adoption of solar hot water systems in the Pioneer Valley through reduced costs, a community education campaign, a dedicated volunteer network, and a partnership with a local installer.
HCG is amplifying its commitment to local, renewable energy by expanding its Energy Credit brokerage service. This service helps property owners statewide tap into the significant financial incentives for installing renewable heating and cooling technologies. Alternative Energy Credits (AECs) are available to users of systems that increase energy efficiency and reduce the need for conventional fossil fuel-based energy generation.
DATE CHANGE: HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local teachers hands-on opportunity to choose school and art supplies
Update: Due to inclement weather, the dates have been rescheduled. School supplies will now take place on Wednesday, March 14th, and Arts & Crafts will be Thursday, March 15th. HCG Purchasing Co-op offers local schools a chance to save time, money, and effort through the General School and Arts & Crafts Supplies bids. On Wednesday, March 7th, and Thursday March 8th (weather permitting), local teachers and school staff will participate in awarding those items that will yield the best value. The process allows them to physically test and evaluate each product, and decide which supplies they choose to make available for purchase through these bids.
HCG is excited to announce the addition of Hampden County’s first Healthy Bones & Balance class beginning March 14th at the RiverMills Chicopee Senior Center. Chicopee joins 27 other sites in the Pioneer Valley in offering this acclaimed program.
HCG is expanding its services to the community by launching the Western Massachusetts Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust. The program saves public entities time and money in funding their retiree healthcare obligations. The Western MA OPEB Trust is open to all public entities in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties.
HCG is expanding its commitment to local, alternative energy by launching an Alternative Energy Certificate (AEC) brokerage service, providing additional financial incentives to green heating and cooling system users. Anyone who has recently installed, or is considering installing, a renewable heating and cooling system is encouraged to contact HCG to learn how to maximize their clean energy investment. The types of systems that may qualify for this service are: solar hot water, pellet central heating systems, woodchip boilers, compost heat exchange, air source heat pumps, and geothermal.
HCG is thrilled to once again be supporting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. HCG is bringing two great efforts together in order to facilitate more donations and community involvement. On Monday, HCG is welcoming Monte’s March home by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive.