School District Biomass Plant

Banwell Architects

The Messalonskee School District, located in Oakland, ME, consists of an elementary school, middle school, high school, and other buildings. The District initiated a project to displace approximately the 70,000 gallons of heating oil used to heat those buildings with wood chips. RSG was retained by Banwell Architects to obtain the air quality permit for a new wood chip-fired heating plant.

RSG conducted air quality modeling using the EPA-approved AERMOD air dispersion model to determine the stack height providing proper dispersion of emissions. RSG also conducted a Best Available Control Technology (BACT) study to determine which emission control technology and practices should be deployed. The air quality modeling and BACT study were submitted with a permit application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP). The application and supporting dispersion modeling ad BACT studies were approved by the DEP and the project was constructed.

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