Townsend Schools Biomass Project. Project Overview. Project Beginning. December 16, 2003 Superintendent attends Bio-Energy workshop in Helena, Montana September 3, 2004 CTA Architects completes pre-feasibility assessment February 15, 2005 School District applies for Fuels For Schools Grant
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December 16, 2003 Superintendent attends Bio-Energy workshop in Helena, Montana
September 3, 2004 CTA Architects completes pre-feasibility assessment
February 15, 2005 School District applies for Fuels For Schools Grant
April 26, 2005 School Receives Fuels For Schools Grant
* Other costs to the project included interim loan interest (until USDA loan became active), asbestos abatement, hot water heater relocation, purchase of a used auger to load pellets, etc. The majority of these costs were covered by the project contingencies and the $30,000 USDA grant.
• Asbestos discovered & removed
• Water heater had to be relocated
• Pellet “Clinkers”
• Ash removal system needed
• Stack Extension needed
• Time Line – Two (2) years
Grant was filed in Feb. 05, ribbon cutting ceremony March 07
The Silos will hold 60 tons of pellets.
Expected use by school: 250 tons of pellets per year
1st year predicted annual savings using pellets - $23,000.00
(This increases as non-renewable fuel costs increase, predicted savings to be $35,000 per year in 10 years)
Savings in fuel costs are predicted to pay for system within seven to eight years
Predicted savings to the school over 30 year period - $1.2 Million
(These are the predicted savings AFTER the district cost of the system has been repaid)