Daily Commercial News
The University of Toronto’s massive King’s College Circle Geothermal Project passed a milestone recently with a contract award to GeoSource Energy Inc. of Caledonia, Ont.
The project will see several hundred boreholes drilled 200 to 300 metres deep to enable the storage and retrieval of energy from bedrock underground at King’s College Circle on the school’s St. George campus in central Toronto. The retrieved energy will be piped to century-old campus buildings including the Terrence Donnelly Centre and the Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building.
The project is expected to yield annual greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, making it a key component of the university’s Low Carbon Action Plan, which has a target of net zero energy for the whole campus by 2050.
“We find it is exciting for a couple of reasons,” said Ron Saporta, the university’s chief operating officer of property services and sustainability. “First, it is slated to be the largest urban system in Canada, and it is right in the heart of the historic core of campus. It is going to be serving energy to those historic buildings.”