Monday, August 13, 2012

Ball State is Building the Largest Geothermal System in the US

Ball State is building the largest geothermal system in the US. The geothermal system under construction will replace coal boilers for heating and cooling. Eradicating fossil fuel power for renewable sources of energy will reduce the university’s carbon footprint by nearly half while saving $2 million a year in operating costs. The system will connect to all buildings on campus providing heating and cooling to 5.5 million square feet.

This decision was made based on a cost comparison of new fossil fuel based boilers and renewable energy options. The more efficient geothermal-based heating and cooling system was found to be the best for the school.

This project is a stellar example of good business sense and good environmental sense. Other schools are sure to follow Ball State's lead.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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