Northern Bedford School District

Fuel Bunker Woodchip Coneyor
Fuel Bunker Woodchip Coneyor

Project Background

Reynolds was hired by the Northern Bedford County School District to provide a guaranteed energy savings contract in conjunction with a planned renovation of the middle/high school.

As part of the project, the district was looking for alternatives to fuel oil as a heating source. After exploring several alternatives, the decision was made to install a woodchip, biomass boiler plant to provide heat for the middle/high school as well as the elementary and technical school buildings located on the same campus.

The plant was sized to meet a majority of the heating needs for the three buildings on campus and has been able to reduce the amount of fuel oil consumed in the district by approximately 84%. By switching from fuel oil to biomass, the district dropped their cost per million BTUs from nearly $22 to just over $3. Reynolds assisted the district in applying for and securing a $746,192 grant through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development to help fund the new biomass boiler system project.

The biomass heating project at the Northern Bedford County Middle/High School was the recipient of the 2013 Forever Green – Energy Reduction Project of the Year from the USGBC Central PA chapter. Since the project’s completion in 2012, the district has saved nearly $500,000 in utility costs.

Project Specs

Solution: Energy
Project Cost: $7.2 million
Guaranteed Annual Savings: $169,040
Year 1 Savings Measured: $190,339 (exceeded annual guaranteed savings by 13%)

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