AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says 11 oil-to-wood heating projects will receive $3.2 million from the federal government in the final round of heating conversion grants.
Grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 are going to Maine institutions, including four schools, four towns, one college, one university and one hospital.
The grants are expected to support around 110 jobs through the construction phase of the projects.
LePage says it’s all about harvesting, processing, transporting and consuming more Maine wood. The Maine Forest Service says the new projects are expected to use 2,171 tons of pellets and 3,035 tons of chips each year. The grants came from federal stimulus dollars.