Library director Mary Ann Senatro was recently quoted in Library Journal, the primary journal for libraries and librarians. In an article about library funding that appeared in the February 1 issue, Mary Ann spoke about the funding for the Library's geothermal HVAC system, saying:
“We had our ducks in a row almost incidentally,” recalls Director Mary Ann Senatro: between the energy audits and the leveraged funds already in place, the funding agency saw that BPL was “shovel-ready” and awarded it the grant from among a competitive field. The library’s mission worked in its favor as well, says Senatro. “We were going up against a lot of other projects in the state, but because we were a library and everyone in town uses us…I think they liked the fact that a lot of people would see what an energy-efficient building would be like and would learn about geothermal. So part of our piece in the whole grant process is being an educational place.”
The Library received funding from several sources for the geothermal HVAC system, including a New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission Renewable Energy Fund Grant for almost $388,000 and a $50,000 Eversource Energy Efficiency Services Rebate, as well as $500,000 of previously allocated library funds.
The geothermal HVAC system kept the Library cool this summer and warm this winter. The Library has not had to purchase any oil to heat the building this winter, which is a considerable savings. For more information about the geothermal system, check out the interactive touch screen display in the lower level lobby.
Read the complete article on the Library Journal website.