For the past 50 years, the University of Georgia’s boiler has been coal powered. Today, a new boiler was officially installed which runs off of electricity. This $2.4 million project was a step towards a more sustainable future for UGA’s steam plant that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels.
The steam plant provides heat and hot water for almost every building on campus. It won’t serve as the main source of energy, as there are three other boilers which do most of the heavy lifting and run off natural gas. This boiler will serve as a backup boiler, which will come in handy during the winter when the demand for natural gas grows.