District heat added to Maine campuses

By Staff | July 22, 2013

The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Maine School Administrative District No. 27 have broken ground on a $4 million biomass heating project located on the site of the former Fort Kent Armory.

The project will feature two multifuel boilers and consume 1,000 tons of wood pellets per year. The majority of the fuel will be sourced from various providers within a 20-mile radius of the campus.

Once complete, the project will generate heat and hot water for 12 buildings located on the UMFK and Fort Kent Community High School campuses. There is also the potential for two additional locations within the school district to be added to the system.

The installation is UMFK’s second biomass project. Last May, the university brought a $500,000 wood-to-energy system online. That system provides heat for the campus’s largest residence hall and an athletic complex.