Dartmouth narrows list of potential sites for biomass project

By Erin Voegele | May 30, 2019

Hanover, New Hampshire-based Dartmouth College has narrowed down potential locations for the Dartmouth Green Energy Project to three options. A final location is expected to be selected by the end of summer.

In January, the university announced it was seeking proposals to build a biomass energy heating facility and transmission system to replace the existing central heating. The project is expected to cost more than $200 million. In addition to converting Dartmouth from fossil fuel-based heat to biomass, the new facility will also transition the university from steam heat to hot-water heat, which is expected to improve heating efficiency by 20 percent. 

A request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued in February seeking credentials from companies interested in bidding on the project. 

College officials held a forum May 22 discussing the three potential sites for the new heating plant. All are Dartmouth-owned properties. Public comments regarding the potential sites are being gathered through July. A final site is expected to be selected later this summer.

Dartmouth has announced it will work with a private firm to design, finance, permit, build, operate and maintain the plant. The project is expected to take two years to construct, with operations currently scheduled to begin in 2025.

Additional information on the Dartmouth Green Energy Project, including directions on how to submit comments on the three potential project sites, is available on the Dartmouth website