- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts is awarding $7.4 million to cities and towns for renewable energy technologies intended to help prepare for the effects of climate change.

The grants announced Wednesday are the first under a climate change preparedness effort launched by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Patrick said the initiative is “about being proactive, and not waiting until the next severe storm to react.”

The grants include $1.3 million to Boston to install solar arrays with battery storage at four Boston Center for Youth and Families facilities that have been designated as emergency shelters and which serve as community centers for all ages.

Another of the grants - $2.8 million - is going to Springfield to develop a 4.6 megawatt combined heat and power in partnership with Baystate Health to provide electricity, chilled water and steam to the hospital.

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