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Government funds 'trail blazing' heating network for Invercargill CBD

By District Energy posted 08-10-2020 22:23




Great South has hailed a ‘’trail blazing’’ programme in which the Government has agreed to fund a multi-million-dollar renewable heating network for central Invercargill which will benefit businesses, the environment and create jobs.

The project, called the Invercargill renewable district heating system, will see a single high-tech wood-fuelled boiler in Esk St replace a swag of old fossil fuel boilers in buildings around the Invercargill CBD.

Great South business and strategic projects general manager Steve Canny said it was a trail blazing project, a first for New Zealand and a unique selling point for the city.

‘’This is really creating quite a paradigm shift in terms of heating and low carbon emissions.’’

The new district heating system, using one wood-fuelled burner to heat a number of CBD buildings, would avoid those carbon costs, Canny said.

Buildings to benefit from the new heating system would include the Invercargill City Council headquarters, Civic Theatre, H&J Smith department store, SBS, Kelvin Hotel, the soon to be built HW Richardson buildings and the new ILT Hotel.

Great South did the feasibility work for the CBD heating system, with funding from the Invercargill Licensing Trust and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, and the application for funding was made to the Government.

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