By Kendall Hatch, Metro West Daily News Staff
Posted Apr. 24, 2014 @ 4:34 pm
MARLBOROUGH – The Community Development Authority on Thursday morning gave its tentative approval to a grant program that would pay for new energy efficient heating and cooling systems for some residents at a Bolton Street elderly housing complex.
The CDA voted unanimously to accept the grant during its meeting Thursday morning, although the acceptance hinged on Public Works Commissioner John Ghiloni signing off on the program.
The grant, from Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD for short, would pay for the installation of 30 air-source heat pumps at the Bolton Street complex, or enough pumps to outfit half of the units there.
Bruce Ledgerwood of ABCD told the board that the units use technology that takes heat from the air, compresses it and pumps it into an apartment for heat during the winter. In the summer, the process works in reverse, taking heat out of the air inside and pumping it outside.
The project, which is being supported by the state Department of Housing and Community Development, could reap about $9,000 in energy savings each year, according to a report by Marlborough Housing Director Douglas Bushman.