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Invitation for Bids

The Energy Committee has reissued the Invitation for Bids for heat pumps in the library. The IFB is on the right.

IFB - Wendell Free Library Heat Pumps

The energy committee is requesting bids for heat pumps for the library. The IFB document is available on the right.



In 2018, the Energy Committee continued to use Green Communities funds to provide grants to homeowners who performed energy-saving work on their home. This year an energy audit prior to the work was no longer required, a change that has enabled a greater number of residents to participate. We have now served 51 households, and disbursed more than $33,000 of Green Communities funds for this purpose. We have also used Green Communities funds for small energy-saving upgrades on several town buildings and have earmarked the remaining Green Communities funds to replace the lights at the Town Hall, install window quilts at the Senior Center, and to install photovoltaic solar panels on the Town Office roof. There is a chance we’ll have enough money remaining after these projects are complete to install air-source heat pumps at the Senior Center.

 The Wendell Food Forest Garden group started its spring season with a consultation from Broadfork Permaculture. They helped with pruning and training the garden’s pear tree, and offered weed control strategies. The season continued with successful improvements, such as creating pathways, adding beautiful wooden benches with help and donated materials from Bill Facey, and major weed remediation. It culminated with a successful event that included a plant swap and the building of hurdles to border some of the beds.

The Energy Committee continued our tradition of having a Groundhog Day event at the Town Hall. Another well attended, informational evening with potluck dinner was on Earth Day, April 22nd. That program “Climate Justice and Democracy in Western Mass – and Puerto Rico” with special guest, Iris Morales, was filmed and shown on local TV stations. At our booth at Old Home Day, we encouraged composting by giving away kitchen compost buckets, we demonstrated the solar oven, and we informed residents about the Wendell Solar Cooperative project. We also had exhibits at the Garlic and Arts Festival.

The Wendell Solar Cooperative project has been put on hold due to unfortunate news from National Grid. They have notified Northeast Solar that the substation would require significant upgrades due to the many new solar arrays that are hoping to be built in the area, and such upgrades will cost over $3 million and take several years to complete. There is hope the project will eventually continue, and we are currently on the waiting list for interconnection with National Grid.

Respectfully submitted,
Laurie DiDonato

Co-Chair, Energy Committee

Green Communities

 Wendell Designated a Green Community -- Grant Award $138,125

Techno-Trash eCycling Fundraiser

Techno-Trash eCycling Fundraiser

Sunday, October 9th, 8 am -2 pm

6 Lockes Village Road, Wendell, MA (Across from the town common)

Turn your broken or unwanted techno-trash into a beautiful Edible Forest Garden. How? Bring anything that runs on a battery or has a cord, with a few exceptions* and for a small fee, you can drop your unwanted electronics or swap any that are in working order. The leftovers and items beyond repair will be properly recycled at GreenMonsterEcycling.com, a nearby electronics recycling center, which has a ZERO landfill policy. 100% of the materials are broken down and recycled in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Benefits the new Wendell Permaculture Edible Forest Garden.

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(if your item is not listed, estimate according to these categories)

Cell Phones
Toner/Ink Cartridges

(When grouped together, these items will be priced according to the size of the box they fit in, e.g. toaster, microwave, or dryer.)
All types of cables & wires
Other small items

SMALL ITEMS (Toaster or smaller)- $2
Phones/Answering Machines
Alarm Clocks/Radios
Small Video Game System

Trash Compactors
VCR/DVD Player
Satellite Dish-small
Laptops/Computer Towers

Computer Monitors/TVs

Console TVs/Projection TVs
Copy Machines

Air Conditioners/Dehumidifiers
Large Satellite Dish

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