Creative Energy, a low-carbon district energy developer and owner of one of the largest thermal energy networks in North America, has announced a new partnership with the Squamish Nation to develop and operate a zero-carbon district energy system using sewer heat energy from Metro Vancouver’s infrastructure. The completed project will allow Sen̓áḵw to become the largest carbon neutral rental development in Canada.
"Metro Vancouver is always looking for ways to make the most of the energy and resources in wastewater," said Richard Stewart, chair of Metro Vancouver’s Liquid Waste Committee. "Reclaiming heat from our wastewater will help our region reach resource recovery and climate targets while ensuring the long-term sustainability and livability of our region."
Creative Energy’s innovative district energy system will capture heat from underground wastewater, extracting and reusing the energy through utility-scale heat pumps to distribute across the nearly four-million square foot development. The district energy system is expected to eliminate 140,000 tons of GHG emissions over 30 years compared to natural gas heating – the equivalent of 2.2 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years. The system is designed with capacity to expand over time, to accommodate plans to serve neighbouring buildings and interconnect with Creative Energy’s downtown Vancouver network.