U.S. DOE to Spend More than $467 million On Geothermal, Solar Projects
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Both commercial and residential hydronics professionals stand to benefit from more than $467 million the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will spend to promote geothermal and solar energy projects.
The most likely direct benefit may come from the $50 million that DOE will offer to accelerate the deployment of geothermal or ground-source heat pumps (such as used in the Taco LoadMatch® case study, below). The money is a portion of the funds made available by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
The DOE will offer funding for:
cost-shared technology demonstration projects that provide a minimum of 50 tons of heating and cooling capacity
life-cycle cost tools that will help evaluate the feasibility of georthermal heat pumps
the creation of a national certification and accreditation program for the geothermal heat pump industry to build consumer confidence, enhance product performance and reduce the potential for improperly installed systems.
DOE also will offer $350 million for geothermal energy resource assessments, innovative exploration techniques, demonstration projects, R&D and demonstrations of enhanced geothermal systems technology.
Some $117 million will be devoted to developing a broad range of solar technologies and overcoming non-technical barriers to the deployment of solar technologies, including the shortage of trained installers. Read President Obama's announcement.
Case Study: LoadMatch® Hydronic System Brings New Comfort to Old Victorian
The Williston Northampton School, a private college prep school in western Massachusetts, to create more living space for faculty and students recently bought and renovated an old Victorian home adjacent to campus, added a 24,000-sq.-ft.dorm wing and additional faculty apartments, all on a fast-track schedule to be ready for the new school year. For comfortable and cost-effective heating and cooling, they turned to a Taco LoadMatch® single pipe hydronic system linked to a ground-source-heat-pump system tapping into fifteen underground wells at a depth of 350 ft. Read the complete case study.