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Sealaska turns Headquarters into state’s first building heated by Biomass

December 29th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments


Nathan_Soboleff_photo_by_M.PennBy Kim Marquis | JUNEAU EMPIRE

Sealaska corporate executives are banking on the sometimes-truth, “If you build it, they will come,” by making a commitment to biomass as an energy source.

The company this month announced it will convert its Juneau headquarters from oil to a wood-fired boiler system. A stream of wood pellets will come from British Columbia until a regional provider can do it.

Sealaska‘s four-story building is too small to support the distribution system alone, so additional commercial building operators will have to follow Sealaska’s example and convert to biomass heat for the economics to work out.

Banking on others seeing the benefits is a risk, Sealaska Executive Vice President Rick Harris said.

“If you see me out there with a coal shovel next December you’ll know something didn’t work,” Harris said. CONTINUE »

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