Tapping in to the warmth of the earth, the Town of Bedford is constructing a state-of-the-art geothermal heating/cooling/ventilation solution that will provide year-round comfort to patrons of the town’s library. The project, made possible in part through a custom New Equipment and Construction program rebate from Eversource, is expected to be operational by this fall.
The geothermal system, located several feet below the surface where the temperature remains relatively mild year-round, is being constructed on land adjacent to the library parking lot. It will include a series of wells, heat pumps, fans, and chillers that will provide an energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) solution for the library. According to the town, operating cost savings for the renewable energy project over the next 12 years are projected to offset the entire amount that would have been spent on a conventionally fueled HVAC system
“This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the Town of Bedford and for Eversource, and we are proud to have been able to work with the community to help them achieve a substantial energy efficiency incentive for a project that supports our environment and will help significantly lower the library’s energy costs,” said Eversource Senior Energy Engineer Russell Hunt.
In addition to the $50,000 energy efficiency incentive from Eversource toward the purchase of a water source heat pump system, the project has received more than $380,000 in financial support from a New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission renewable energy fund grant, and support from town funds previously appropriated for an oil-fired HVAC replacement system.