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Colby College Biomass Cogeneration Plant - Project Update

11.29.11 / Christopher Angelakis, AIA, LEED AP

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Colby is quickly getting pulled together. We are a couple weeks out for punch-listing. We are excited to have what will likely be another LEED gold project to our credit, as well as having another Infrastructure project under our belt.

Information regarding the Biomass Cogeneration Plant project at Colby College:

ARC and Rist Frost Shumway are jointly working with Colby College to reduce its reliance on oil to heat the campus through a new 8,200 SF biomass power cogeneration plant. The new plant will burn “forest waste and debris” – i.e. treetops and bark that cannot be used by other pulp operations - in the place of oil. Upon completion, the plant will reduce Colby College’s dependence on oil by 90 percent and make it the first college in the state of Maine to operate a large biomass plant. The Cogeneration Plant is expected to pay for itself in just six to ten years. The fuel is likely to come from sustainable forest operations within a 50 mile radius of the campus. The twin 400-horsepower biomass-fueled boilers will produce steam used for heat, hot water, cooking, and cogeneration of electricity.

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