Gord Young, North Bay Nugget
A community energy park under construction between the YMCA and Memorial Gardens is expected to be completed in November. Gord Young/The Nugget.
North Bay is getting more than $750,000 in federal funding for its community energy park, now under construction between the YMCA and Memorial Gardens.
The funding, announced Tuesday by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the federal government, will help reduce the local share of the $4.5-million electrical micro grid project.
“It’s fantastic news,” says Mayor Al McDonald, noting the additional funding will pay down the project that much sooner, allowing the city to start fully reaping the benefits ahead of schedule. “It’s a very innovative project. This something our community can be very proud of.”
Canada’s first community-based micro grid, the project will supply energy to Memorial Gardens, YMCA/aquatic centre and Thomson Park.
It’s expected to reduce the city’s annual power costs by up to $200,000.
The project, which is being led by North Bay Hydro Services, includes building audits, energy performance benchmarking, greenhouse gas emission reductions, building retrofits, a micro-grid controller, solar photo-voltaic, battery storage, combined heat and power and an electric vehicle charging station.