The Northern Forest Center and Western Maine Community Action hosted economic development, state housing officials and state legislators on a tour of the Farmington Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative. Those following the tour witnessed the first day of operation for many of the modern wood heat systems. They travelled to locations including the Old South Church and Fairbanks Church in Farmington, participating homes, and a community building on Main St. in Wilton.

Participants were impressed by the pellet boiler installers’ skill in adapting the boiler systems to fit a variety of unique spaces, and by the way the computer monitoring and the responsiveness of pellet boiler vendors is serving their customers’ needs. Tour participants were glad to hear that the pellets feeding the systems come Maine mills, and were encouraged to learn that increasing demand for these high-efficiency boilers results in good jobs for Mainers.

Read more about the Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initative in Maine.