Press Releases

Press Releases 2018-05-23T17:42:50+00:00

September 2018

August 2018

HCG opens new regional financial management services program

In partnership with Baystate Municipal Accounting Group, the Regional Resource Group (RRG) and cloud based VADAR systems, HCG has constructed a new program allowing cities and towns to take advantage of combined municipal financial services. This regional program represents the first of its kind, designed to address a critical need and ensure optimum efficiencies.

July 2018

June 2018

Spring cleaning? HCG Purchasing Co-op opens new custodial supplies bid

As summer is fast-approaching, it’s time for a deep clean. The HCG Purchasing Co-op offers municipalities, schools, and nonprofits an opportunity to save time, money, and effort through the new Custodial Supplies Bid. This bid offers free delivery, with no cost to participate and take advantage of the savings. Supplies may be ordered as needed.

Northampton and Williamsburg host a “Meet the Installer” educational workshop through HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program

Together, Northampton and Williamsburg are leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. Collectively, Northampton, Williamsburg, and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence on Thursday June 14th at 6:30PM. This event is free and open to all Western Massachusetts residents.

May 2018

The Town of Amherst sponsors a “Meet the Installer” educational workshop through HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program

The Town of Amherst’s Sustainability Department is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The MassCEC awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Town of Amherst and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Town Hall in the Town Room on Tuesday May 22nd at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.

Pelham Energy Committee hosts first HCG Solarize Hot Water Meet the Installer event

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.

April 2018

March 2018

HCG helps renewable energy owners tap into significant financial incentives

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.

February 2018

HCG introduces innovative OPEB Trust investment 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 launches new alternative energy certificate broker service

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.

January 2018

November 2017

October 2017

HCG Progress Report on Paris Climate Agreement

HCG has steadily been fulfilling its pledge to remain in the Paris Agreement by combating climate change across Western Massachusetts and beyond. HCG has expanded its longstanding renewable energy projects and has launched additional innovative power initiatives, with even more in the works.

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.

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.

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