Boise will use $2 million from the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill to extend its geothermal heat system across the Boise River to Boise State, creating jobs, saving money and making the campus more energy efficient.
The money will fund the first phase of the project, which will extend the system to five campus buildings and is expected to create or preserve more than 20 jobs.
It also will save the university more than $80,000 a year in heating costs.
“Geothermal heating encourages Boise State’s already strong commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainability and economic judiciousness,” BSU President Bob Kustra said in a news release. “Another benefit is the hands-on research opportunities it affords for our students and faculty as we explore clean energy development.”
Additional buildings will be added to the system in the future. Two buildings already planned for construction will have geothermal capabilities.
The city hopes to use stimulus money to fund the second phase of the project, which will complete the loop from Boise State back to the city system.
Chad Dryden, Idaho Statesman – http://www.idahostatesman.com/boise/story/699933.html