Seven renewable energy projects have received funding in Massachusetts.BOSTON, Massachusetts, US, 2001-07-27 [SolarAccess.com] Seven renewable energy projects have received funding in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust has approved $1.82 million in funding for projects that will use a variety of renewable energy technologies. The seven awards are the first to be announced since MRET issued its initial series of solicitations in March. “These awards represent a milestone in our program development,” says Greg Watson.”The primary goal of the Trust is to help the Commonwealth shift toward a greater reliance on renewable energy resources to meet the state’s energy needs. MRET will be accelerating its program with additional grant awards and new solicitations in the coming months.” MRET will award $47 million in grants, loans and other financial support in its first phase of operation that extends into next year. Initial funds are being used to lever resources that will test the viability of a sustainable market for renewable energy, and this initial round of solicitations addressed pre-development financing for green power and premium power planning and installation. Among the seven projects approved for initial funding: – $128,415 to assess the feasibility of a 10 MW photovoltaic facility on a brownfield site in Brockton; – $75,358 for pre-development activities related to a 27 MW wind facility in Redington, Maine; – $150,000 for planning and design assistance to incorporate renewable energy systems into the New England Aquarium; – $150,000 for pre-development activities at a 6 MW generating facility in Chicopee that used landfill methane; – $150,000 to assess the use of fuel cells at the Harvard Medical School and Merck site in Boston; – $425,000 to install a molten carbonate fuel cell at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station on Cape Cod; – $750,000 to install a biomass hydronic heating facility and establish a beta test site for a biomass gasifier co-generation system at Mount Wachusett Community College. Applications are still being accepted, and private companies, associations and public agencies are eligible to apply for funding. MRET was established by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1997 to promote the development and use of renewable energy in the state. It is managed by the Massachusetts Technology Park Corp., a state economic development authority based in Westborough.