Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and the City of Gloucester announced the completion of the modernization project for the heating system at the O’Maley Innovation School. The installation of a new, high-efficiency natural gas-fired heating and hot water system will save taxpayers $120,000 in annual savings while reducing the school’s carbon footprint by 686 tons of CO2, a 16% decrease from prior oil-fired boilers.
The new energy system, which operates at a 96% efficient level, will reduce CO2 emissions by the equivalent of removing 131 cars from Gloucester’s streets each year, Mayor Romeo Theken reported. The mayor added that the project showcases the City “taking care of our buildings in a responsible way.”
The modernization project at the O’Maley School was funded through a $250,000 Green Communities Competitive Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)—the maximum award available. The grant allowed the City to replace outdated boiler and water heating units at what had been the second-largest energy consuming municipal facility in Gloucester.
Gloucester received the grant through the EEA’s $7.9 million Green Communities program, which funded clean energy projects in 43 cities and towns across Massachusetts. Gloucester attained status as a Green Community in 2010 and continues to work to identify initiatives that will reduce energy consumption and provide environmental benefits.
The O’Maley Innovation School oil heat system was installed more than 40 years ago and operated at less than 75% efficiency, resulting in excessive carbon emissions and high energy costs.