Oakridge School District

McKinstry was contracted for the design, installation, and commissioning of a 896,000 BTU/hour pellet fueled biomass boiler system at the Oakridge Elementary School. The biomass boiler system was as a complete thermal heating load replacement for the two existing fuel oil boilers.

The project also had to meet strict air quality standards. Oakridge is one of only two cities in Oregon that have to meet 2.5 PM air quality standards as governed by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Nonattainment Area definition. In United States environmental law, a non-attainment area is an area considered to have air quality worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards as defined in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970. 

The project is budget neutral and actually cash flow positive, with savings produced in the 2011-2012 school year. The project received a $224,898 State Energy Award, $36,703 Business Energy Tax Credit used to offset the cost of installation, and uses a Qualified School Construction Bond that was offset by the energy savings from the biomass boiler system installation.

The Oakridge School District biomass boiler project was locally sourced. The boiler system came from SolaGen of St. Helens, Oregon, wood pellets from Bear Mountain Forest Products of Brownsville, Oregon, and was installed with contractors from Lane County, Oregon.  

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