October 8, 2012
Nineteen buildings in a Delta, B.C. school district will be getting thermal energy.
FortisBC broke ground last week to build systems designed to deliver energy to 19 buildings in School District 37.
The district, FortisBC and the B.C. Ministry of the Environment have invested $6.4 million to deliver efficient thermal cooling and heating to the buildings within the district using geoexchange systems and high efficiency natural gas boilers.
Ground source heat pumps will be used to transfer underground heat and circulate it through a building, and eight conventional boilers will be replaced with high efficiency boilers.
Conversion of existing thermal plants to geoexchange systems with peaking gas boilers will occur at 11 sites. All 19 sites will undergo retrofitting and replacement of existing mechanical infrastructure.
The systems should be operational by 2014.
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