(HARRISBURG) – – The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved a $2 million grant for Bloomsburg University for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system. The Authority approved the grant under the Alternative and Clean Energy program, according to state Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27) and Rep. David Millard (R-109). The University will provide the remainder of the funding for the $10 million project.
“The University plans to install a gas boiler system and turbine generator, which will enable it to eliminate all coal fuel use and reduce energy consumption by 2.5%,” said Senator Gordner. The reduction in energy consumption will reduce the University’s reliance on the local electrical substation and will enable the University campus to serve as a shelter for the local community in the event of a regional power outage, such as occurred during the September 2011 flood.
“Bloomsburg University’s existing coal boilers are old and in poor condition, and have been in the process of being phased out over recent years,” said Rep. Millard. Two years ago, the University began utilizing a biomass boiler system to reduce its energy footprint.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established as an independent agency of the commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.
The Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to be used by for the utilization, development and construction of alternative and clean energy projects in the state.
Todd B. Roup