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West Point releases plan to achieve net zero campus-wide

January 16, 2014

The U.S. Army Garrison West Point derives less than 0.02% of its energy from renewable sources, with most from on-site energy production sources.

The installation has an ambitious plan to move to 100% energy efficiency through several initiatives including more renewable energy production and energy efficiency retrofits.

The draft plan includes:
· Ground-source heat pumps to provide heating and cooling.
· As much as 3 megawatts of PV-generate power, which could go on rooftops or the ground.
· Solar hot water collectors on buildings with hot water tanks.
· Solar thermal for space heating, using transpired collectors on south-facing walls.
· Use of river water cooling technology.
· A new combined heat and power plant, or plants—a 3-megawatt CHP plant fired by natural gas is one option.
· Construction and operation of a natural-gas central chiller plant.
· Construction and operation of combined heating, cooling, and power plants.


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