Gardiner to heat municipal buildings with wood pelletsPosted by | Posted on Mar 06, 2012
GARDINER, Maine — For the second time in two years, Gardiner has chosen locally produced wood pellets to heat its municipal buildings.
The city will host an open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at City Hall. The public is invited to attend and help celebrate Gardiner’s continued success with renewable energy, enjoy light refreshments, see the new boiler installation firsthand and learn about the benefits of heating with a local and sustainable fuel, the city said in a press release.
Gardiner recently replaced its aging oil boiler at City Hall with two Maine Energy Systems OkoFEN wood pellet boilers built into a modular structure known as an Energy Box. The Energy Box, produced in Bethel by Maine Energy Systems and installed by Lewiston-based Heutz Premium Pellets, is the first of its kind to heat a municipal building in Maine and will reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 60 tons over its life, the press release said.