Hampton University Wants Stimulus Money to Convert Nineteenth-Century Power Plant to Clean Energy Technology

The campus heating system at historically black Hampton University in Virginia operates with a coal-powered steam generation plant that was built in 1868. The plant emits 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.

Hampton president William Harvey has asked the U.S. Department of Energy for a $35 million grant under the economic stimulus plan to convert the university’s coal-powered plant to one that runs on geothermal energy.