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Province invests in community-owned clean energy projects

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Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Province invests in community-owned clean energy projects

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Suntanu Dalal
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628
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Contacts
Suntanu Dalal
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628

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Community-owned energy projects around B.C. receive funding

The following projects received CELP funding for 2017-18:

  • District of Clearwater – $160,000 for a district energy system in the North Thompson Sportsplex. The project will replace the existing propane/hydro heating system with a biomass woodchip-fuelled system, saving the community approximately $29,000 annually and reducing GHG emissions by 62 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year. The total project cost is $521,251.
  • Township of Langley – $80,000 for a heat-recovery system in a hockey rink ice plant. The project involves the installation of a heat-recovery ventilator and a heat pump to recover heat from the hockey rink chiller system. The project will produce operational cost savings of approximately $21,000 per year, while partially switching the fuel source from natural gas to electricity and reducing GHG emissions by nearly 120 tonnes of CO2e per year. The total project cost is $265,000.
  • Regional District of Mount Waddington – $30,000 to convert a gas-powered Zamboni ice resurfacer to solar powered. The project will save the community approximately $9,000 per year – which represents 80% of the annual operating costs for the Zamboni – and will reduce GHG emissions by 9.7 tonnes of CO2e per year. The total project cost is $221,000.
  • Wuikinuxv Nation – $106,000 of CELP funding and $69,000 of RCI funding for a total of $175,000 for a run-of-river hydropower project on the Nicknaqueet River. The project will reduce the use of diesel in the community by 92%, with savings of $271,500 annually for over 40 years. It will also reduce GHG emissions by 806 tonnes of CO2e per year. Provincial funding is contributing to a component of the project worth $599,823. The total project cost for the hydropower project is $11 million. The Wuikinuxv Nation is located in the remote area of the Central Coast of British Columbia.
  • Xeni Gwet’in First Nations – $106,000 of CELP funding and $69,000 of RCI funding for a total of $175,000 for Phase 2 of the Electrical Power System project. The project involves the installation of solar photovoltaic panels, energy storage, and a smart grid to supply clean, reliable, affordable, renewable electrical energy to Xeni Gwet’in community members. Existing fossil-fuel generators will be replaced and will reduce GHG emissions by approximately 382 tonnes of CO2e per year. The total project cost is $1,875,000. The Xeni Gwet’in First Nations are located in the Nemiah Valley within the Cariboo Chilcotin region.

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