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College Breaks Ground on Woodchip Boiler Plant

The large woodchip boiler plant is expected to cut the school's energy costs in half.

Goddard Woodchip Boiler
vtheatslocal, Goddard College

PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont college has broken ground on a large woodchip boiler plant that is expected to cut the school's energy costs in half and transition it away from oil-burning furnaces.

Officials at Goddard College tell The Times Argus that the move is part of a plan to eliminate the use of fossil fuels as an energy source on campus. They say the plant will rely on low-grade wood that can be found near the school. 

The project is largely funded by a $2.1 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture, which will be repaid over 40 years. 

The plant is expected to come online in March.

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