March 05, 2015 - 11:02 AM
VICTORIA - Twenty-four B.C. school districts are sharing $5 million for energy projects like lighting upgrades, boiler replacements, solar panels and electric vehicles under the Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP).
In the Arrow Lakes school district (SD 10), a new solar energy system will be installed at Lucerne Elementary/Secondary and Nakusp Elementary. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the district has said students will be involved in both the installation and monitoring of the system to enhance their education experience.
Richmond school district (SD 38) intends to purchase three electric vehicles for its Facilities and Maintenance fleet. Compared to gas-powered vehicles, the district expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 98% and save $4,787 annually for each electric vehicle they operate.
All school districts were asked to submit proposals to the ministry in November. These were then evaluated on greenhouse gas emission reductions and operational
cost savings, along with the level of contributions available for the project from the district and energy service partners. Overall, 25 projects were given the green light to move forward.
Since the program began in 2012, school districts now achieve annual savings of more than $1.2 million in school and vehicle operating costs as well as a reduction of 4,000 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions as a direct result of the projects.
The ministry launched this program in 2012 to compensate school districts for the amount they paid each year to purchase carbon offsets, which funded projects that reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and saved money.
Since 2012, the ministry has provided $5 million each year to eligible school districts for a total of $20 million.
In 2010, B.C. became the first province or state in North America to become carbon neutral. The B.C. government's approach to carbon neutrality drives down GHG emissions, reduces energy costs and produces savings to allow public-sector organizations to reinvest in other energy saving projects. Those projects, in turn, create jobs in B.C.'s growing clean energy sector.
School districts benefit from energy-savings funding
The following school districts are the successful applicants to receive project funding under the ministry's Carbon Neutral Capital Program for 2015-16:
Arrow Lakes (SD 10):
$49,827 for solar energy system (total for two schools)
Revelstoke (SD 19):
$75,000 to replace rooftop units with heat pumps
Vernon (SD 22):
$157,000 for boiler replacement
Central Okanagan (SD 23):
$159,960 for boiler replacement
Cariboo-Chilcotin (SD 27):
$416,142 for boiler and lighting
Chilliwack (SD 33):
$287,000 for boiler replacement
Abbotsford (SD 34):
$110,000 for HVAC consolidation
Langley (SD 35):
$180,000 for boiler replacement
Surrey (SD 36):
$565,500 for boiler replacement
Richmond (SD 38):
$66,595 to purchase three electric vehicles
Vancouver (SD 39):
$344,200 for digital data and communication upgrades
Maple Ridge (SD 42):
$461,330 for lighting, HVAC and hot water
Coquitlam (SD 43):
$175,000 for boiler replacement
North Vancouver (SD 44):
$480,000 for boiler replacement
Powell River (SD 47):
$52,000 for boiler replacement
Haida Gwai'i (SD 50):
$84,000 for solar Photovoltaics panels
Boundary (SD 51):
$86,235 for boiler replacement
Prince George (SD 57):
$320,227 for boiler replacement
Greater Victoria (SD 61):
$237,500 for boiler replacement
Comox Valley (SD 71):
$90,000 for boiler replacement
Campbell River (SD 72):
$50,000 for boiler replacement
Mission (SD 75):
$225,845 for boiler replacement
Fort Nelson (SD 81):
$60,000 for boiler replacement
Nechako Lakes (SD 91):
$267,000 to install air handling units
To read more details about specific projects selected, go to: Carbon Neutral Capital Program allocations for 2015-16: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/DownloadAsset assetId=CA691060D433465F8CC13566C42817D5
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