The City of Prince George has added two provincial buildings to receive more environmentally friendly methods of heating.
The Prince George Law Courts and Plaza 400 will each soon be connected to the City’s Downtown Renewable Energy System (DRES), a hot water utility that produces thermal energy using sawmill residue from Lakeland Mills Ltd.
Gas boilers from each building need replacing and connection to the DRES is estimated to reduce operational costs by nearly $140,000, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 480 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. Cumulative reduction for the entire system are estimated at 1,820 tonnes per year.
Funded by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services’ capital budget, the project will cost $450,000. The City of Prince George will install the piping systems to the buildings at a cost of approximately $200,000.
Mayor Lyn Hall says with significant cost and greenhouse gas reductions, the City is open to continuing green energy deals. “Anybody looking at doing any construction of any large building or small in the downtown area, this is really an ideal situation to take a look at, it’s a real opportunity.”
Construction is expected to begin the last week of July for completion of greener heating in both buildings by early fall. Prince George’s energy system was built in 2012 and connects nine buildings throughout downtown.