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Kamloops university's district energy plan reduces CO2

By District Energy posted 09-13-2023 04:46


BC Hydro


What do you do when you've already earned a reputation as one of Canada's most sustainability-minded universities? If you're Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, you double down.

By 2025, a low-carbon district energy system of air-source and water-source heat pumps will provide heat and hot water to TRU's new school of management and eight existing academic buildings. Eventually, all but the smaller buildings on the campus will be hooked up to the system. The switch away from reliance on natural gas boilers in favour of clean electrification will reduce the school's GHG emissions by an estimated 100,000 tonnes over 30 years.

In a partnership with Vancouver-based Creative Energy – a firm that specializes in district energy systems – TRU will pay for the system through rates paid to Creative Energy. Milovick says that even with $1.7 million in BC Hydro low carbon electrification program funding to take the sting out of project costs, payback on the massive project will be gradual. So the partnership with Creative Energy was vital to making it happen.

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