Over the past 3 and a half years, the Center has helped expand the use of Automated Wood Heat in Vermont by providing financial support or project guidance (or both) for more than 40 wood pellet boilers installations in a wide variety of settings: homes and schools, an office building, a town garage, an auto body shop, and more. This past year we also provided financial incentives to Northeast Kingdom residents for the purchase of 15 wood pellet stoves coupled with bulk pellet storage bins, a setup that brings the convenience of bulk delivery of Vermont-made wood pellets to people who are not able to switch to a central, automated wood pellet boiler.
This spring, with funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission and in partnership with the VT Clean Energy Development Fund—we’ll be contributing to three more projects: a community center in Craftsbury and two schools in the Northeast Kingdom.
The Vermont installations contribute significantly to the positive outcomes that the Center’s wood heat program is achieving. The 150+ installations the Center has supported since 2012 have yielded over $3.3 million in total economic impact and cut greenhouse gas emissions by almost 4,000 tons. These installations provide great examples for people who are considering the shift to Automated Wood Heat. We’ll be including some of their stories in the Feel Good Heat marketing campaign that launched earlier this spring. Check out www.feelgoodheat.org for more information! Learn more about our wood heat program.