Windham Wood Heat Initiative is Moving Forward

Our earlier post in April reported on the $1.6 Million grant from the Public Service Department’s  Clean Energy Development Fund’s Wood Heat Initiative to convert fossil fuel boilers in public schools and municipal buildings to advanced wood heating systems.  Further information on this grant can be found on our Initiative Tab.

This post will give our readers an update on the activities to date with the Windham Wood Heat Initiative.  All supervisory unions/local principals and municipalities have been informed of this initiative either by written communication or personal visits.  The following schools and municipalities have received site visits by the Windham Wood Heat Representatives including our mechanical engineer, Chris Hebb:

Supervisory Unions


Londonderry – Flood Brook Union Elementary School


Marlboro – Marlboro Elementary School

Wardsboro – Wardsboro Elementary School


Westminster – Bellows Falls Union High School (prior to the grant the high school      had already received a feasibility study to  convert to a dry chip system


Brattleboro – Academy School, Green Street School, Oak Grove School

Dummerston – Dummerston Elementary School

Guilford – Guilford Elementary School

Putney – WWHI offered technical assistance to resolve current system problems

Vernon – Vernon Elementary School


Halifax – Halifax Elementary School

Wilmington – WWHI offered technical assistance to resolve current technical problems with TV Elementary School


Bellows Falls/Rockingham – Police/ Fire Station; Saxtons River new Wastewater Treatment Plant

Brattleboro – Library, Town Hall, Fresh Water Treatment Plant, and Pumping Stations

Brookline – The former elementary School

Putney – Fire Station and Municipal Building

Westminster – Municipal Building

The following entities have committed to co-share an Investment Grade Energy Audit as the next step in the conversion process:

Flood Brook Union Elementary School

Guilford Elementary School

Halifax Elementary School

Town of Brookline

Academy School in Brattleboro will receive $75,000 from the WWHI to assist with their approved boiler conversion and control system upgrade.

Schools in Windham County already heated with advanced wood heating systems


Leland and Gray High School (Chips)


Bellows Falls Middle School (pellets

Westminster Elementary School (Chips)


Brattleboro Middle and High School (Chips)

Academy School (Pellets being installed this summer)

Putney Elementary School (Pellets)


Twin Valley Elementary School (Pellets)

Twin Valley High and Middle School (Chips)