Falmouth wins grant for wood chip boiler

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FALMOUTH — The School Department announced Tuesday that it won a $500,000 grant from the Maine Forest Service to help replace the middle school oil furnaces with a wood chip boiler.

The new boiler would be similar to the boiler currently used to heat the high school and new elementary school building, converting the entire school campus to wood heat. It may also be used to heat the nearby Town Hall.

The installation is contingent on passage of a bond referendum facing voters as Question 3 on the June 14 ballot. The seeks to borrow up to $1.2 million for the project, which is estimated to cost just under $2 million. The balance would come from the school’s capital reserve fund.