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Bristol Area Lions Learn About Geothermal Energy 11/25/2012

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Lion Paul Anderson (left) thanks Bill Morgner, president of Mid-Coast Energy Systems for his informative presentation. (Photo by Herb Watson, E.H.)

On Nov. 19, the Bristol Area Lions Club were shown a PowerPoint presentation on geothermal energy by Bill Morgner, president and co-owner of Mid-Coast Energy Systems.

Morgner was born in New Jersey and came to Maine to attend college. He obtained his bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Maine-Orono. After a brief stint in the aquaculture industry, he went to work at Mid-Coast.

In 2009 Bob Hardina sold the business to three employees: Bill Morgner, Ron Russell and David Gamage. Morgner was elected President. He is a licensed plumber and electrician as well as being licensed for HVAC and solar alternative systems. Morgner is active in the community and works to encourage young people to pursue a vocational career.

Mid-Coast employees are specialists in heating, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, air quality, water treatment, solar and alternative energies.

Morgner explained that temperature underground is constant and reliable. Geothermal systems draw upon this energy to heat homes, and in the summer for cooling utilizing refrigerant tubes buried in the ground.

The shallow coastal soils in this area mean vertical systems or drilled wells will be more common than less expensive horizontal or ditched systems. An alternative is to immerse the tubes on the bottom of a pond which is common in Canada, but not permitted here unless the pond is owned.

A heat pump used to raise the temperature and a liquid to air heat exchanger used to distribute the heat complete the system. In the summer cooling is achieved by reversing the system.

The operating costs are significantly lower than either fuel oil or propane and the pay back on a system is five to seven years. The expected life of a system should be 20 to 25 years and self-financing the system represents an 11 to 12% investment yield.

At the next meeting on Mon. Dec. 3, the Bristol Area Lions Club will hear about the history of Damariscotta Hardware from Rob Gardiner, President.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call 677-6191, and to learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact John Janell at 563-7402.

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