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UM-Farmington Plans Geothermal Wells
03/04/2013 10:12 AM ET  

The school's board of trustees approved spending up to $1.55 million for the project, which will be completed within the year.

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) _ The University of Maine at Farmington plans on digging 80 geothermal wells as part of an ongoing effort to make the campus more energy efficient and to eliminate all carbon emissions by 2035.

The Kennebec Journal reports that the board of trustees approved spending up to $1.55 million for the project, which will be completed within the year.

Geothermal heating and cooling systems work by using the constant temperature below the surface.

A university report said the system would reduce carbon emissions by about 354 tons annually compared with oil.

The report estimates the geothermal wells will pay for the $1.55 million cost in energy savings in eight to 10 years and will save about 28,000 gallons of oil per year.


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