By John Fitts
CANTON – The town of Canton is hoping the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Grant could help it with some proposed energy savings.
Recently, Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner informed the Board of Selectmen that the state, somewhat to his surprise, was taking applications for the 2017 grant cycle under a program that gives municipalities as much as $500,000 for economic development, community conservation or capital projects.
This year, the town hopes to receive funds for numerous energy-saving measures at seven municipal buildings and three schools.
Recently, New England Energy Controls of East Haddam finished an audit for the town, recommending numerous improvements that, after some energy credits, would cost $1.3 million in upgrades. A few of those recommendations have been siphoned into separate projects, leaving approximately $1.1 million in upgrades that could be done in seven town buildings and three schools, estimated at $1.1 million. The improvements could save the town some $263,000 per year. With potential credits and grants, the payback could be as little as 5.1 years.
See more in this week’s Valley Press.