Special Program for Windham Vermont

The Windham Wood Heat Initiative is stoked to invest $1.6 million in Automated Wood Heat installations in municipal buildings, schools, and other publicly owned buildings in Windham County, Vermont.

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Warmth from the Woods

Switching from oil to locally-sourced, clean-burning wood heat that supports jobs in your community is easier than ever with rebates and step-by-step energy efficiency guidance from the Windham Wood Heat team. Incentives of up to 35% of installation costs are available to help public service institution buildings convert to sustainable and reliable Automated Wood Heat. Communities can cut back on emissions and potentially save thousands in oil heating costs. It’s a win for everyone. 

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Program Details


Public schools, municipal buildings, and public serving institutions within Windham County are eligible for technical and financial assistance to establish an automated wood heat system.

Incentives Available:

  • 25% of the installation cost of the Automated Wood Heat boiler system; up to a maximum of $75,000.

  • An additional 10% of installation costs if the project pursues energy conservation measures outlined in the audit report; up to a maximum of $25,000.

This $1.6 million program is funded through the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) as a result of the closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plan.

Additional Benefits:

  • Selected projects will get one-on-one coaching with the Windham Wood Heat team. This includes: project development, bid review, budget, community outreach and the public review process.

  • Building energy assessment & building envelop analyses

  • Repairs of previously installed AWH systems

The 50-mile radius

Warming buildings with wood supports local forest industry jobs and keeps our forests here for good. Wood pellets and wood chips are all locally available within a 50-mile radius of Windham County. When your fuel source comes in a price-stable package it translates to community savings. On average, over a five-year time period, automated wood heat bills are about 30% lower than oil. CEDF requires all automated wood heat projects heat with wood fuel sourced from within a 50-mile radius.

Get Started

Windham Wood Heat wants to hear from you! To inquire about available opportunities please contact Chris Campany at ccampany@windhamregional.org, or (802) 257-4547.  You will need to provide some basic information about your building, including current heating system and average annual fuel bills.