University of Vermont

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Johnson House Renewable Energy Feasibility Review

Project Timeline: 
July, 2014 to September, 2015
Project Progress: 

Project Category: Research/Study

This feasibility review will examine the potential for geothermal energy and for solar trackers on the lots immediately adjacent to the Johnson House, home to the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

Project ChampionsGund Institute

CEF Award: $25,000

Project Expenditure as of May 2015: $5,500


Original Proposal


2/2016: Final report and appendices.

6/2015: Two solar array estimates have been received from two separate vendors. Both provide a variety of location options. A draft list of recommended energy conservation measures has been created and will be finalized by the end of June. Kohler and Lewis Engineering has been contracted to provide a feasibility analysis of 1) air source heat pumps, 2) water source heat pumps, and 3) the estimated cost to install a system including modifications to the Johnson House as necessary. The study will be completed no later than September 30, 2015

9/2014: Feasibility of air-source heat pumps and evaluation of fixed solar PV panels underway.

2/2014: Presentation to CEF Committee