Jim Elliot, Salmon Arm Observers
The District of Sicamous is looking to turn forest fuels into a modern heating solution.
At their Jan. 16 meeting, district council agreed to include $500,000 in the budget to help this vision become reality.
The district initially applied for federal funding that would cover half the cost of a bio-fuel heating system – a large boiler that would generate heat for nearby buildings by burning wood waste.
The feds eventually agreed to fund $1.2 million of the $1.7 million project, but the funds are conditional on the district coming up with the remaining $500,000. Council passed a resolution at the Jan. 16 meeting to include the $500,000 commitment in the district’s 2019 financial plan.
The boiler, which will be ordered if Sicamous receives the grant funding, would be installed between the Sicamous and District Recreation Centre and Parkview Elementary. Once operational, it could provide heat to the school and arena, as well as the nearby curling club, strip mall and other buildings.