Akron Canton News
A 40-foot-long blue boiler weighing 92 tons arrived in Akron Friday morning, moving the city one giant step closer to opening its new district energy system plant for the downtown area.
"It's a great day for sustainable energy in Akron, said Marc Divis, the president and CEO of Akron Energy Systems, the district energy provider for Akron.
Today's delivery was the second of three identical boilers to arrive at the plant on Opportunity Parkway. The first was shipped last week. The third boiler is scheduled for delivery next week. The city is paying about $1.5 million for each boiler.
Akron is part of a growing list of Ohio cities, along with college or business campuses, turning to higher-efficiency natural gas boilers to power plants.
The new Akron plant, which should be operational by the end of this year, will provide 450,000 pounds of steam per hour to provide heat and cooling to the city's downtown businesses, including Akron Children's Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the Huntington Building.
The plan is for the city to rely on the new district energy system plant solely by April and the old building will be torn down.