GEOTHERMAL: Connecting existing thermal energy networks, offsetting more than 70% of Lakeview, Oregon’s space conditioning heat demand. This will offset the high cost and carbon-intensive incumbent fuel – propane, lifting a rural community from the grips of energy poverty. The team will also use the Building Efficiency System Tool (BEST), a software developed to identify energy savings strategies using a variety of HVAC equipment choices, including hydronically connected geothermal. This tool will assist with the strategic design of the retrofitted connections for the new geothermal districts of Lakeview.
The Town currently supplies all the heat to the Warner Creek Correctional Facility, Lake District Hospital, Lake School District #7, Dr. Mark Davis DDS building and the Head Start Building.
The project is to predict the total likely offset of the community heating demands in the North Industrial area. The system will expand the existing Geothermal Warner Creek Correctional Facility by interconnecting piping and well service buildings. The result will be an engineering feasibility plan that connects all future and existing thermal energy networks, offsetting more than 70% of Lakeview, Oregon’s space conditioning demand.
The community involvement would allow the community consortium input on how geothermal energy would offset energy costs. It would also address what the offset amount would equal in creating additional workforce jobs.
To oversee and maintain the geothermal system would create two additional full-time jobs in the Town of Lakeview’s Public Works Department. There are a variety of explorations for the north industrial business to evaluate as to how many additional jobs and or additional workforce shifts this would create.