Saturday, July 28, 2012

First VA to Use Biomass Boiler Technology

Which brought jobs to the area and will continue to do, the ripple effect of investment, over the long term operation of, as well as save money which can then be used for other veterans issues if needed, and it always is in the underfunded, as we cheer on wars sending others into and country doesn't give equal or more sacrifice, Veterans Administration!

Chillicothe center is first in VA system to use biomass boiler technology
Jul. 27, 2012 - The Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Thursday unveiled its $25.5 million biomass energy plant, showcasing two years of planning and work that developers hope will be a gateway to greener energy in the future.

The 8,000-square-foot facility, the first operational biomass boiler facility in the VA system nationwide, is expected to save the VA facility about $102,492 per year by burning wood chips as a primary fuel source for generating steam and electrical power in lieu of gas.

Former state Rep. Ray Pryor, a longtime advocate for veterans, initially broached the idea for a biomass boiler facility with the VA administration when the VA was planning a $12 million replacement of its existing 40-year-old boiler system. Pryor stepped in to secure government funding for the project and, in June 2010, the VA received $14 million dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to start the project. read more>>>

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