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
  • Karl Hidden, Chair
     Term Expires: 2022
  • John Howard, Secratary
     Term Expires: 2023
  • Srinivasan Raghavan, Member
     Term Expires: 2023
  • Valerie Young, Member
     Term Expires: 2023

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)