Missouri S&T to Break Ground on Geothermal Project

7 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, March 20 2012 Mar 20, 2012 Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:50:00 AM CDT March 20, 2012 in News
By: KOMU Staff

ROLLA - Missouri University of Science and Technology will break ground on a geothermal energy project in the week leading up to Earth Day. Officials expect the project to reduce the campus' carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tons per year while also cutting annual energy use in half.

The university will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 on the lawn northeast of Emerson Hall.

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved Missouri S&T's plan to replace the existing coal and wood-fired power plant with the geothermal system.

The new plan will also reduce water usage by by ten percent, or eight million gallons per year. Estimates project the plant will be operational by 2014.

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