By Orlando Business Journal

The University of Central Florida has broken ground on a new $9 million natural gas power plant, expected to generate about $2.5 million in annual savings on energy costs.

Scheduled to be completed in December, the plant will supply the main campus with one-third of its energy, according to a UCF release. The energy produced from natural gas will reduce UCFâ¿¿s environmental impact by 30 percent.

The plant also is designed to capture heat from the engine and use it to fuel a chiller, which will produce 1,000 tons of chilled water to supplement the campus underground cooling system.

⿿We⿿re doing this because natural gas is clean, abundant and cheap,⿝ said David Norvell, UCF⿿s director of sustainability and energy management.

UCFâ¿¿s new 5,000-square-foot plant is located at the corner of Gemini Circle and Libra Drive, next to the main utility plant.

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