The iconic smokestack that looms over the Brigham Young University campus will soon be demolished to make way for a new green power facility.

According to a press release issued Monday by BYU, the smokestack and other parts of the central heating plant will be torn down as early as this week to make way for a new Cogeneration Facility.

Cogeneration facilities are stations or plants that generate heat and electricity at the same time.

Construction on the new facility is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

“Additionally, a Co-Gen facility is considered a green source of power and will reduce our emissions significantly,” said Paul Greenwood, BYU director of engineering and utilities, in the press release.

The smokestack, originally constructed in 1958, hasn’t been used since Nov. 2, the day BYU switched off of coal for heating and cooling needs on campus. It will be torn down incrementally and manually and by backhoe. In its place will be three smaller stacks for the new facility, each about half the height of the old smokestack.

The new facility will offset between 30 and 50 percent of BYU’s current electrical needs without burning coal.

Kurt Hanson is the Breaking News and Courts reporter for the Daily Herald. He can be reached via email at khanson@heraldextra.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hansonherald.

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