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B.C. communities benefit from clean energy projects

The following projects received CELP funding under Round 4:

Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation:
Battery Power Storage Bank Project – $114,510 for a battery power storage bank and control system with a 125-kilowatt-hour storage capacity. The project will operate interactively with an existing hydroelectric facility to improve the efficiency of water usage and to help address any impacts to water availability for power generation due to climate change. This project will reduce the use of supplementary diesel generators leading to emissions reductions of 159 tonnes of CO2e per year in a B.C. remote community. The total project cost is $347,000.

District of Summerland:
Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction Upgrades Project – $57,255 for installation of heat pumps at a waste water treatment plant. The heat pumps will be used to replace existing older natural gas equipment and to supplement newer natural gas equipment. The plant is the most energy intensive of the district’s primary buildings and the project will reduce energy use by almost 800 gigajoules per year. The total project cost is $173,500.

Village of Midway:
Community Centre Expansion and Energy Efficiency Retrofits Project – $68,000 for energy efficiency retrofits to the Midway Community Centre, as part of a larger refurbishment of the building. The project includes energy efficiency improvements to the hot water system, windows and lighting that will increase the centre’s energy efficiency by up to 50%. The total project cost is $1,656,870.

Kanaka Bar Indian Band:
Greening Upper Kanaka Project – $33,000 for a 24-kilowatt solar array and battery storage. The project will install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the Band office, health office, a community residential building as well as installing solar PV and energy storage on a new community building. In total the project will save the community over $4,000 a year in energy costs. The total project cost is $111,000.

Lower Nicola Indian Band:
Shulus Community Arena Solar Garden Project – $82,500 for a 100-kilowatt solar array on the Shulus Community Arena. The project will displace approximately 25% to 30% of the arena's electrical consumption, saving the community about $13,000 in energy costs per year. The total project cost is $250,000.

Ashcroft Indian Band:
Solar Energizing the New Elders' Building Project – $18,000 for an 18-kilowatt solar array on the newly constructed Elders’ Building. The project is an important element of efforts to develop community resilience in an area badly affected by wildfires. The project will save the band about $2,775 per year. The total project cost is $55,000.

Regional District of Central Kootenay:
Procter Hall Energy Efficiency and Solar Project – $97,020 for energy efficiency upgrades and installation of a 26-kilowatt solar array on the Procter Community Hall. Energy efficiency measures will include improvements to the building envelope, windows, hot water system and replacement of the propane furnace with an air source heat pump. The project will save the community about $4,274 in annual energy costs. The total project cost is $294,500.