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[NEWS] University of Maine Energy Proposal Calls for Biomass, Solar

– by Tux Turkel, May 22, 2018, Portland Press Herald

University_of_Maine_sealThe University of Maine in Orono would get much of its heat and electricity from an on-campus Renewable Energy Center fueled by locally harvested wood and a huge solar array, according to a plan being negotiated by the university system and Honeywell International.

The outline of Honeywell’s power contract proposal is contained in a document prepared for the University of Maine System last year in response to requests for proposals to transition most of the Orono campus from natural gas and fuel oil to renewable energy. Honeywell’s proposal was a runner-up in the original RFP process. The financial section is heavily redacted and omits any information about the cost of the power contract, although it has been estimated to be worth more than $100 million.

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Univ of Maine Farmington Biomass Heating Facility Online

– by Ann Bryant, March 3, 2016, Franklin Sun Journal

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Photo: Ann Bryant/Sun Journal

After months of planning and construction, the biomass central heating plant at the University of Maine at Farmington is up and running.

The plant is fueled by Maine wood chips and started heating 23 campus buildings last month, Jeffrey McKay, director of Facilities Management, said. Those buildings make up about 95 percent of those on the campus.

A public ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Quebec and Perkins streets. Tours of the eco-friendly plant will be offered at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

It is the largest single biomass heating plant in Maine and is expected to replace 390,000 gallons of heating oil.

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