Antioch College Begins $8.8 Million Geothermal Project

The Springfield News-Sun in Springfield, Ohio, reports Antioch College will begin work on an $8.8 million geothermal project.

Drilling of 150 geothermal wells that will heat and cool the campus through a central plant recently began. The wells and a solar array are expected to cut campus energy costs by approximately $400,000 each year once the recently re-opened campus is fully developed, according to Thomas R. Brookey, the chief operating officer.

“We know of no other college that has attempted such a comprehensive and holistic approach to sustainability across all of its education and operational programs,” said President Mark Roosevelt in a statement.

“We expect that when we are done, a great deal of attention will be focused on Antioch and Yellow Springs as we become a national model for sustainability in higher education,” he said.

The well project just south of campus will be done in two phases, and the drilling is expected to last two months, according to Antioch. The first phase of work is valued at $4.7 million.

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Advances in geothermal technologies and their usage created the need for a specific voluntary certification designation for geothermal drillers. NGWA responded to this need with the designation of Certified Vertical Closed Loop Driller (CVCLD).

The CVCLD is considered an independent designation from the CWD or CWD/PI. The designation reflects an individual who has passed a written exam administered by NGWA that evaluates an individual’s knowledge of the skills and competencies associated with constructing a loop well. Click to learn more.

NGWA also published Guidelines for Construction of Loop Wells for Vertical Closed Loop Ground Source Heat Pump Systems. The guidelines are written for loop well contractors, loop well design consultants, government officials, educators, students, and consumers. It is a stand-alone document that does not supersede regulations or standards, and provides details on issues related to the construction of vertical closed loop ground source heat pump systems and offers insights to practical resolutions of the issues. Click for more information.