Renewable Energy & Conservation Accomplishments

The City of Boston continues to pursue energy-saving initiatives to conserve energy in municipal buildings and also encourage residents and businesses to improve their energy use. We are dedicated to the development and construction of public and private renewable energy systems throughout our community.

Highlights:

  • Installed a demonstration green roof project on the balconies of Boston City Hall. Green roof systems reduce energy consumption, storm water pollution, and naturally cool urban areas.

  • Completed installation of 25 combined heat and power units, a key element of the Boston Public Schools overall energy management program that saves taxpayers at least $8 million annually.

  • Replaced ordinary traffic signal lights with light emitting diode (LED) bulbs that are 90% more efficient, saving taxpayers over $400,000 annually.

  • The City of Boston is the largest municipal purchaser of wind power in New England at 12%.

  • Building on its 33 kW solar installation at Maverick Landing, the Boston Housing Authority is installing 29kW photo voltaics (PV) in its ongoing redevelopment of the Franklin Hill Public Housing Development.

  • Solar energy and combined heat-and-power units have been placed on a number of municipal buildings including three Boston Public Schools and the George Herbert White Environmental Conservation Center.

  • Boston is one of 10 Solar America Cities, committed to developing a sustainable solar infrastructure that removes market barriers and encourages the adoption of solar energy by residents and businesses to lay the foundation for a viable solar market and serve as a municipal model.

  • The City of Boston’s Camp Harbor View on Long Island now boasts a 16.7 kW solar photo-voltaic system designed to produce more than 500,000 kW hours over its lifespan and prevent over 287 tons of CO² emissions from being released.

  • Buying at least 11 percent of the electricity that we purchase for municipal operations from renewable sources, making Boston a US EPA Green Power Partner.

  • Investigating opportunities for biomass energy generation and wind power.

  • Working with local businesses and utilities to increase the opportunities and the resources available for distributed generation.