Beacon Falls receives Bright Idea Grant

Beacon Falls First Selectman Christopher Bielik, right, is presented a plague by Katie Dykes, deputy commissioner of Energy for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as Rebecca Meyer, of CL&P, looks on Dec. 4 at the State Capitol in Hartford. –CONTRIBUTED

Beacon Falls First Selectman Christopher Bielik, right, is presented a plaque by Katie Dykes, deputy commissioner of Energy for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as Rebecca Meyer, of CL&P, looks on Dec. 4 at the State Capitol in Hartford. –CONTRIBUTED

BEACON FALLS — The town received a $5,000 Bright Idea Grant during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Hartford Dec. 4

According to a release, Beacon Falls was among 35 municipalities that were recognized for their participation in the statewide Clean Energy Communities program — an Energize Connecticut initiative that gives incentives to communities to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The cities and towns earned the grants based on the level of community participation in Energy Efficiency Fund programs, according to the release. Grant awards ranged from $5,000 to $15,000, and they can be used toward a community-selected energy-saving project, according to the release.

First Selectman Christopher Bielik said the town currently does not have a specific project in mind for the grant money. However, he said, there are some upcoming projects, such as replacing the boiler in Town Hall, which this grant can help offset the cost.

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