Dec. 19, 2012
-- Littleton, NH –
Cartographic Associates Incorporated (CAI) of Littleton is enjoying significant cost savings due to their newly installed wood pellet boiler, started up in October. Normally by this time of year, CAI would have burned about 600 gallons of heating oil, costing them over $2200. Instead, CAI has burned only 5 tons of locally produced wood pellets that cost close to $1100.
This boiler was installed to heat office spaces of the CAI building at 11 Pleasant Street in Littleton. The project included conversion of the entire building from hot air distribution to new hot water baseboard heat. The pellet boiler serves as the primary heat source for the building, with an oil-fired boiler for backup. The new pellet boiler is installed in the basement of the building along with an eight-ton wood pellet storage bin. The pellets are delivered in bulk and blown pneumatically from the truck, through a 4” hose, and into the bin in the basement. An automatic auger and vacuum system then transports the pellets from the bin to the boiler before being burned. The installation was done by Biomass Commodities Corporation of Williamstown, MA along with local builder Wayne Krauss, plumbing/ mechanical by Charlie Zuk, and electrical by Norris Davis.
It is anticipated that the new pellet system will displace over 3200 gallons of heating oil consumption with about 25 tons of wood pellets annually. This will avoid 36 tons of oil bound carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions with clean renewable wood pellet fuel. Bulk wood pellets are available locally from manufacturers in southern New Hampshire and Maine. At least three companies deliver to the area ensuring that CAI and other consumers have several options for sourcing their fuel deliveries.
The CAI pellet boiler project was paid in part by a NH Public Utilities Commission’s Renewable Energy Grant. The grant funding came from the PUC’s Renewable Energy Fund (REF), which is funded by alternative compliance payments (ACPs) made by electricity suppliers in order to comply with the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard law. For anyone considering wood pellets or employing other renewable energy technologies, this program’s funding has increased for FY2013 with $2,792,630 being allocated for future renewable energy projects. These funds are competitively awarded through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process expected to be announced in early 2013. Biomass Commodities Corporation is currently seeking interested businesses and public entities to coordinate and apply for project funding.About Biomass Commodities Corporation
Biomass Commodities (BCC) is a renewable energy company that offers a complete solution for wood pellet heating. BCC is a value-added distributor and installer of modern wood pellet fired heating systems that provide simple, safe and efficient building heat. BCC provides pellet boiler installations and services throughout the Northeastern United States. Common applications are in centralized heating plants, buildings 10,000 sq. ft. or more including schools, manufacturing facilities, assisted living complexes, hospitals and residences. Visit www.biomasscommodities.com for more information.