- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Some Vermont schools and housing groups have received a total of more than $900,000 in state grant money to develop cleaner, renewable biomass heat.

The Rutland Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1WcGpdm ) the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund on Monday handed out money to 16 projects to support wood pellet infrastructure.

Wood pellets are a heating fuel used instead of traditional firewood. They’re burned in efficient, cleaner-burning stoves.

State officials say the program was created partly because of the growing number of solar project proposals.

The Rutland Housing Authority’s Hickory Street public housing project received $50,000 to help install pellet-fueled heating.

A project at the Applegate Apartments in Bennington also received $50,000.

Projects in Brattleboro, Montpelier and Barre also received money.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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