Oregon Tech is taking big steps towards becoming the world's only energy-independent campus, with two renewable energy projects.
The foundation is now being prepared for Oregon Tech's energy future.
"This project is a 1.75 megawatt power plant project." Notes Project Manager Bob Simonton. "Which is quite a bit larger than our existing power plant, which is only 280 kilowatts."
Batzer Construction of Medford is in charge of the two and a half million dollar project, which will tap into 200 degree water from a mile-deep geothermal well.
The project is scheduled for completion in mid-November of this year.
Oregon Tech will also begin harvesting solar power later this year. Simonton says a project to install a field of solar panels is scheduled to begin on the 27th of this month.
"The project will cover about nine acres on the hill here at the Oregon Tech campus, and will generate just under two megawatts of power."
Simonton adds the new systems will be used to help power and cool a campus that's already heated geothermally...
"So the goal is to provide 100% of the campus' needs through these two renewable energy projects."
Completion of the solar and geothermal project will make OIT the only campus on the planet to be energy self-sufficient.
The geothermal project is funded through a mix of state, federal, and grant dollars.
The 1.75 megawatts produced by the geothermal plant will produce about two-thirds of Oregon Tech's power needs.