Sustainability & Energy Commission

Mission Statement

The Sustainability and Energy Commission (SEC) was created as a means for implementing aspects of the Master Plan and approved by Town Meeting to serve as a forum to promote high levels of energy efficiency, energy and natural resource sustainability and to guard against the effects of energy and natural resource disruption/depletion and climate change.

  • The SEC has engaged with town departments encouraging reduced energy use, preparedness for joining the Commonwealth's Green Communities grants program, and general awareness around the topic of Sustainability.
  • We presented our work, goals, and vision at the Know Your Town program on 10/11/18

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


  • Jennifer DeForge, Member
     Term Expires: 2022
  • Matthew Roth, Member
     Term Expires: 2023
  • John Howard, Clerk
     Term Expires: 2023
  • Srinivasan Raghavan, Associate Chair
     Term Expires: 2023
  • Vacant Position, Member
     Term Expires: N/A

Energy Saving Program Links

Incentives from SHELD

Residential Renewables

Residential Rebates

Commercial Rebates

Free Energy Audits for South Hadley Residents

Eversource (Formerly Columbia Gas) Customers

or call Mass Save at 1-866-527-7283 for information.

Not an Eversource (Fomerly Columbia Gas) customer

 or call 1-888-333-7525 for a SHELD Home Energy Audit.

Electric Vehicles (EV) Incentives

SHELD reduced price on Nissan Leaf ($14,000) and Chevy Bolt ($12,000)

Free level 2 Charger

MA Drive Green Program amount varies with Dealer

MA State Rebates (up to $1,500)

IRS 30% credit

Photovoltaic Solar (PV) Incentives


Or call SHELD for information 413-536-1050

MA Income Tax Credit (up to $1,000) & no sales or real estate tax

MA Solar Loan Program

State pays (based on income) off 10%-30% of loan plus low interest rate

IRS Tax credit (click how to apply)

Mini Splits (air source heat pumps) Incentives

SHELD ($500)

MASS rebates

IRS ($300)