Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New Plant to Keep UNM Cool.(Final)



The University of New Mexico will stay a little cooler this summer thanks to a new $12 million chilled water plant unveiled Wednesday.

The 19,000-square-foot plant, on Lomas across from UNM Hospital, can pump up to 9,000 gallons per minute, chilled to 42 degrees throughout campus. It has the capacity to air-condition the equivalent of 2,000 homes.

The system will use only half the energy needed by the vintage 1940s-era system it replaces, he said.

A new $4 million system of buried piping will help circulate the chilled water throughout campus.

The project was financed by $55 million in bonds issued in 2001, said Jeff Easton, CEO of Lobo Energy, a non-profit corporation that operates UNM's utility systems. …

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