Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 18 : Fall 2013 - Page 74

Energy Wise at NMCC Energy savings, environmental benefit, and experiential learning opportunities for students… These ideals have been put into action on the Northern Maine Community College campus in the past two years through a series of projects involving biomass energy. In 2011, the College broke ground on a $1 million project to install a 900-kilowatt biomass boiler to ultimately provide heat for nearly 70 percent of the square footage of campus buildings. The biomass boiler now heats the Mailman Trades Building and the Christie Complex where most of the classrooms and campus offices are located. It was the first of its kind in the Maine Community College System. “This project is expecte