February 23, 2013

Vermont biomass builder does project at Colby

The Associated Press

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Vermont construction company has  finished work on a new biomass plant at Maine's Colby College in Waterville.

The $11 million project is expected to save the college $1 million a year, replace 90 percent its heating oil and help Colby to its goal of carbon neutrality by 2015.

PC Construction has offices in Vermont, Maine and North Carolina. It worked on the Colby project with Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering.

The system produces high-pressure steam that generates heat and power for the Colby campus.

Colby is expected to use about 22,000 tons of wood harvested within 50 miles of Colby's Waterville campus.

During construction, the project created more than 75 jobs. The college's need for biomass fuel is expected to create four to five permanent jobs in Maine's forest products industry.

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