Energy efficiency funding for New Mexico; Oregon Institute of Technology’s geothermal project

Energy efficiency projects get funding in New Mexico. Construction begins on the increased geothermal use at OIT.

New Mexico: Twelve Energy Efficiency Projects Win DOA Funding
Oregon: Construction Begins on OIT’s Geothermal Plant

New Mexico: Twelve Energy Efficiency Projects Win DOA Funding
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be funding a dozen energy efficiency projects in New Mexico. One of the projects is a geothermal heating and cooling system for the Central Valley Electric Coop in Artesia. The total funding for the 12 projects is about $284,000, with the goal to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs, as well as to boost the use of renewable energy technologies. Star-telegram.com

Oregon: Construction Begins on OIT’s Geothermal Plant
Construction is beginning for geothermal at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). The college offers an undergraduate renewable energy major, hosts the research-oriented Geo-Heat Center, and will soon increase its own geothermal capacity with a new 1.75-MW small geothermal plant. The new power will replace other sources, mostly fossil fuel. OIT already has a small 280-kW geothermal combined heat and power plant, and with the new geothermal addition as well as a new solar array, the campus will be almost completely carbon neutral. Heraldandnews.com; Oit.edu OIT also operates the Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC), is among the consortium of schools that developed the National Geothermal Academy, and participated in the NREL National Geothermal Student Competition. Geo-energy.org (PDF); Geoheat.oit.edu

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